KENT DESORMEAUX, RYE, WINNER: “He is one of my favorite horses to ride, and that’s exactly why, when you’re driving a Ferrari and you press the gas, you can get to those pockets that create themselves there for a few seconds, he got in there in a couple of strides, full credit to this guy right here (Bill Money) he brought him with his eyes burning red and he just gave me a great ride.
“The harrowing moment was at the quarter pole, where the horse that was second in flight in front of me (Accountability, with Joe Talamo). I wanted to go around him and just as I went to go around him he…(Accountability) went to go around the leader so I literally jumped heels there with Rye, and he did it and he didn’t clip heels but his feet hit the ground, he saw the pocket and he just dove for it.
“I think it was a tremendous effort and all of the credit goes to Bill because the horse got a little sour some time ago, probably the last ride that I rode him, he just took me for a gallop. He didn’t race at all. Bill brought him back breathing fire today.”
ABOUT HIS 5,999 WINS: “Thinking about it tremendously and I’ll have more to say then.”
PETER EURTON, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, SECOND: “He didn’t get away well, if he’s laying right off the horse that’s on the lead where he should have been, but if you watch the break he just kind of got caught up. I don’t know exactly what happened.
“It’s all good though, he’s honest, he still wants to do it. That’s the main thing, can’t take nothing away from the winner, they ran a respectable time.”
WILLIAM E. MOREY, OWNER/TRAINER OF RYE, WINNER: “We turned him out and gave him some time (off) up north. We did that last year too with him, and this year we were only able to get one prep race in him but I like the idea of getting the prep race up there on the synthetic and just keeping him happy and fresh for this race and there are a lot of horses in here that maybe weren’t quite as fresh as we were and it worked.
“It worked out perfectly. I told my rider (at Golden Gate Fields) that we wanted him to finish well and that if it was safe to gallop on out and he did. He is getting older. I’d like to spot his races wisely so I had some options but I decided to wait and really get him cranked up for this race. This is one horse that I can say I really know pretty well and I let him tell me.”
NOTES: The winning owner is the Joseph P. Morey, Jr. Revocable Trust