Trainer Bill Mott said, "If you look at the upside it's a good thing he gave an honest and hard race. Have a little more pace down the road: That can't hurt him. The camp is anxious to go to Churchill."
Elliott Walden, vice president of racing for owner WinStar Farm, said, "He ran well, very well. A little wide on both turns, but they went slow up front and he finished strong. I don't see why not (run in the Derby). We're very pleased with the effort but we'll let the horse tell us."