Winning driver Jody Jamieson said, "It's real difficult to be disappointed in the horse when you pick up $150,000. But I'm a little disappointed. He came home in 27 4/5 but he's a better horse than that. Usually, he doesn't want any horses near his bridle. It was nip and tuck to win tonight. I had to get into him pretty good. I hate doing that because he's not the type of horse you need to urge on. So, something's going on with him. (Trainer) Jeff (Gillis) noticed that right away. But he dug in, got the win and that's what champion horses do."
Jamieson said Federal Flex will go next in the Stanley Dancer at the Meadowlands and hopefully on to the Hambletonian.