Keeneland Press Release


Jose Ortiz (winning rider)

Jose Ortiz (Coady Photography)

“It was perfect, we had a good trip. We broke really well and everything went really well. The way I planned was to sit back a little bit off the front and everything turned out perfect. I was pretty confident on him because I know he’s a good horse out of the gate. I knew he was going to help me a lot and I was going to have a clear road to the first turn.”

Jose Lezcano (rider of runner-up Flameaway)

Jose Lezcano

“I got pressured the whole way around; (Flameaway) never got a breather. And you see, he’s very tough. He keeps running and he kept trying. I was happy to see him do well.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. (rider of Free Drop Bill, who finished fourth and was elevated to third following the disqualification of Sporting Chance)

“He ran a good race. When I ask him, he goes. I finished fourth, but he ran a good race. He did everything I wanted him to do. I’m pretty happy with him. He’ll be all right in the Derby.”

Luis Saez (rider of Sporting Chance, who finished third and was disqualified to fourth)

“I thought he was going to win. He was perfect (until) we came to the wire. When I hit him he (veered) out. He did it twice today. I don’t know why he does that. He was perfect today up until then.”

Julien Leparoux (rider of sixth-place finisher Kanthaka)

“We had a good trip. He traveled very nice for me. The winner came from the outside of me, and went by pretty early. I just could not keep up with him.”