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Darrin Miller (winning trainer of Havelock)

On whether he was concerned when Havelock broke last

“This is his home. Any time you load you’re concerned, but yes I was concerned. But the biggest confidence I had in him was that Garrett (Gomez) was on him. I knew he would know where he needed to be.”


Garrett Gomez (winning rider)

On being last early in the race

“That’s just his style. He’s a big long horse and it takes a second for him to kind of get up on his feet. He’s got a nice turn of foot and he just keeps coming. He’s steady and just keeps coming, and especially when there’s a little cut in the ground, that helps him too.”


On his hand-ride

“I just threw a couple of crosses at him, and just tried to keep him straight and just keep him focused enough to get the wire. He did everything really well today.”


Eddie Castro (rider of runner-up and 24-1 longshot Expecting Cash)

“He ran a really nice race. I think he tried hard. I sat off the pace, and he was coming, but the other horse (Havelock), he is a really nice horse.”


John Velazquez (rider of third-place finisher Spring to the Sky)

“(He) broke well – really, really fast. I was told not to take too much hold of him because one time before he tried to drift out when taking a hold of him. He ran really good, though. I think it was a little too fast too soon. Perfect trip, other than being wide.”


Corey Lanerie (rider of fourth-place finisher and second choice Stormofthecentury)

“He broke really, really sharp, and we got in kind of a hot pace up there, which I was hoping to avoid. But he broke so sharp I didn’t want to take anything away from him. He came up a little empty at the end, but he ran a big race. He ran a good race, gave me everything he had, kept digging in ‘til the end.”



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