Jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "I might have taken my horse out of his game today. I rode the racetrack thinking it was important to have enough speed to be close. He showed me a very good turn of foot and put me right in the catbird seat. Take Rachel Alexandra out of there, and we're the winner. He showed me a great deal of will and guts to hang in there and hold second."
Trainer Tim Ice added, "He was going real comfortable throughout. I'm very proud of how my horse dug in. It looked like the other horses were going to go right by him, but he fought back and pulled away for second. But that was Rachel Alexandra. That's what everyone came to see."