$150,000 The Palm Beach (G3) Quotes
Trainer Todd Pletcher (Gala Award): “I’m very proud of this horse. It seems like he’s been improving leaps and bounds over the winter. We felt like his maiden race was strong enough from a figure standpoint to take a shot and the mile and an eighth would suit him, and it worked out really well. Havana, we would have loved to have gotten his season started today, but it was a minor setback and hopefully we can move forward from here.
“It is a big jump and I think it says a lot about his quality. He’s been improving. His dirt works have improved a lot. I’m not going to rule out something like the dirt or the Blue Grass. I think with today’s effort he put everything in play and we’ll see where we go from here. The race unfolded almost exactly like we thought it would. We thought we’d be close, and we wanted to keep some pressure on Storming Inti. The turf horse has been playing kind to horses that have been playing close and we wanted to be involved.”
Jockey John Velazquez (Gala Award): "Finally I get to win a stakes! It was a perfect trip. He did everything that Todd (Pletcher) said he would do. He said he'd place himself pretty forwardly and that I had to make sure to get after him a little bit early, because the horse that Javier (Castellano) was riding (Stormin Inti) was a fighter. When he gets there, he likes to hang a little bit, but he put in a good fight today."