Belmont Stakes On The Record
"Realistically, handicapping the race, I didn't think any of these horses were that great at a mile-and-an-eighth. We were just hoping the distance would be the equalizer to allow us to have a chance. Remember this, if you look at the history of the Snow Chief and look at the stats, plenty of longshots and maiden winners have won this. You better believe it. It's because of the distance. There are a lot of good horses bred in California that are fast but a lot that can't run the full distance and the distance really helped this horse today."
Trainer Mike Puype after Neveradoubt won the Snow Chief S. at Santa Anita
"(Mike) Puype was pretty confident before the race. I didn't know this horse but the pace helped him a lot and the track was a little bit soft and that helped as well. The pace was pretty fast so that's good when you're behind. He doesn't look like he's got a turn of foot but he's got one pace. I didn't think I would win but I thought we would be close, third, second."
Jockey Flavien Prat on Snow Chief S. champ Neveradoubt
"There wasn't a lot of speed in there. Preferably there would have been a little more speed to give him a target. At a mile and a sixteenth or farther, he sort of hangs a little bit at the end. Going seven-eighths, he doesn't hang. He keeps running on. He likes firm ground, which he got today."
Conditioner Bill Mott on Paradise Creek S. hero A Lot
"I had to sit there, wait, wait, and by the five-sixteenths pole, I took a peek back, and they were right behind me. I gave him his head and at the three-sixteenths pole, let him do it, and he opened up pretty easily."
Jockey John Velazquez on his ride aboard Paradise Creek S. victor A Lot
"He's just an amazing horse. Everyone talks about the greatness and it's just starting to show now. To me, they have to prove it. Today the way he did it, he just ran so fast. It was like poetry in motion."
Trainer Bob Baffert after American Pharoah won the G1 Preakness S.
"I was freezing. I was just so wet. It worked out well. I had to bounce out of the gate to take the lead with all the rain. I took a chance and sent him as quick as I can. Sometimes you have to make decisions. That's my job. Today, I made the right decision."
Jockey Victor Espinoza on his Preakness winning ride aboard American Pharoah
"What a horse. I had no idea where he was in the race. He's a tremendous horse. He's getting better all the time. Congratulations to the winner. We will see him at Belmont. I think this validated what he is. He's an improving horse. It was a wonderful run."
Conditioner Dallas Stewart on Preakness runner-up Tale of Verve
"I had a good trip, perfect trip. The further we went he kept picking it up. It was a great race for him. He ran a very big race."
Jockey Joel Rosario on Tale of Verve's Preakness
"We are very happy with that, being third in a G1 in the Preakness. He was right there with a great trip, and thanks for (Javier) Castellano for that, because he gave him a great ride."
Trainer Arnaud Delacour on Preakness show finisher Divining Rod
"It was quite a bit tougher for us today under these conditions than it should have been."
Jockey Javier Castellano on Divining Rod's third-place run in the Preakness
"We got a great trip. He got away from the gate really cleanly. Ricky (Santana Jr.) put him in a great spot and he went very well from there. I was a little concerned when they said :44-and-change, but it's a good group of horses and that's what happens. This is another step up in competition for him to run so fast, and I think there will be some nice races in his future."
Conditioner Steve Asmussen on Chick Lang S. hero Holy Boss
"This is a nice horse. I had a lot of confidence in this horse. I had a good break and was in good position going into the turn. I knew that [Victory is Sweet] was pretty quick so we just sat behind waiting to make a move. When I asked for run, I had a lot of horse in my hands. Turning for home I felt pretty good."
Jockey Winning jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. on Chick Lang S. champ Holy Boss
"We got close at Keeneland. This is basically a speed horse that really should be going one turn. Going into today we had to plan a little differently. I told the jock to get out there and make them catch him."
Trainer Bob Baffert on Sir Barton S. victor Fame and Power
"When it was time to kick in, he took off. He was very relaxed and comfortable the whole way."
Jockey Martin Garcia on Fame and Power's Sir Barton S. score
Graded Stakes Races
Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races: Charles Town Classic ,$1,000,000 ,4&up ,9f Dirt
Japan Racing Association: Fukushima Himba Stakes ,$712,000 ,4&up f/m ,9f Turf
Keeneland: Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes ,$250,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf
Middleburg: Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase ,$75,000 ,4&up ,20f Turf
Santa Anita: Kona Gold Stakes ,$200,000 ,3&up ,6.5f Dirt
Woodbine: Whimsical Stakes ,$125,000 ,4&up f/m ,6f AW
Japan Racing Association: Flora Stakes ,$979,000 ,3yo f ,10f Turf
Japan Racing Association: Yomiuri Milers Cup ,$1,115,000 ,4&up ,8f Turf
Keeneland: Bewitch Stakes ,$150,000 ,4&up f/m ,12f Turf
Golden Gate Fields: San Francisco Mile ,$250,000 ,3&up ,8f Turf
Japan Racing Association: Aoba Sho ,$1,023,000 ,3yo ,12f Turf
Santa Anita: Santa Margarita Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up f/m ,9f Dirt