Ken Ramsey (who owns the winner, We Miss Artie, with his wife, Sarah)
“I have to take my hat off to my farm manager, Mark Partridge. He picked this horse out at the sale. It’s not a Kitten’s Joy, but it’s an Artie Schiller and they run pretty good too.”
The Ramseys purchased We Miss Artie for $90,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt is named for Sarah Ramsey’s cousin’s husband Artie, who recently died. Ramsey said the entire family was in Detroit cheering on the colt.
John Velazquez (winning rider)
“Had a little bit of trouble into the first turn, had to steady him out of there, then I gave him a chance up the backstretch. Going to the second turn we saved a little bit of ground. Then when I pulled him out, he saw the light and that’s when he started running.”
E.T. Baird (rider of runner-up Smarty’s Echo)
“He broke out of the gate and I tried to get him forwardly placed. It worked out well. I think he ran super for the first start (in a stakes) of his life. He's learning all the time and he's done a great job.”
Joe Rocco Jr. (rider of third-place finisher Arctic Slope)
“My horse kind of hopped a bit on the first jump, left on his back legs. But then they went fast enough (and) I thought I’d be a little closer at first, but they were going so fast I think I would have ended up where I was anyway. From there, I more or less followed Johnny (Velazquez on winner We Miss Artie) around there. The rail was really heavy with a lot of water on it, so I wanted to keep my horse more toward the outside. He ran on well. It seems like he’ll run all day long.”
Mario Gutierrez (rider of fourth-place finisher Rum Point)
“It was kind of a weird trip. Everybody was trying to pick the perfect spot. The inside rail was full of water, the outside (was) too, but everyone was pushing each other to the outside. My horse handled the track pretty good after all. He’s gonna get better after this one. He has a lot of room to improve.”
Mark Casse (trainer of fifth-place finisher and beaten favorite Conquest Titan)
“I thought we were in good position. We just weren't good enough. It was (his first big test). We'll regroup. We'll go back and think about it, give it a couple days’ thought and go from there.”
Eurico Da Silva (rider of Conquest Titan)
"It was a good trip but right when I came home, I got bumped a little bit but just because I didn't have enough horse to go on. Everybody was passing me so fast but it was a good trip. (The rain and wet track) made it a little bit more difficult. There was so much water coming to his face that he was always thinking about that."