Winning driver Trevor Ritchie said, "It was a way different trip from last week, which wasn't what I wanted. I was planning to get away mid-pack but it didn't turn out that way. I honestly didn't know what (Clerk Magistrate) had left, but I knew I hadn't kicked the (ear)plugs on him so I hoped he'd respond this week like he did last week. He proved he's the best of the group up here, coming first up like that you have to put him near the top of the class."
Owner-trainer Per Henriksen added, “He’s got three weeks now before the Stanley Dancer, and then the Hambletonian after that. Last week I could tell he was on the right way, he kicked home in 26 3/5 last week (in the elimination). Today he had to go the hard way and he proved to be the best. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. I told Trevor to trust the horse and see what he can do."