Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Bay of Plenty (No. 1): "Excellent effort. He got wiped out in his last race, so it was nice to see him have a nice, clean trip, and he ran a big race. He hopefully has a bright future back in graded stakes."
"He went to the lead and opened up and kept going. It was a fast time and he was impressive today. He wants a clean face, so one way or the other we were going to be forwardly placed. We'll have to see where we go from here, but hopefully graded stakes. It's a tough spot, but we would consider [the Woodward]. Obviously timing-wise we'd be o.k. and he won on this track, but it's a tough, tough race."
Joel Rosario, winning jockey aboard Bay of Plenty (No. 1): "It was a nice ride. He broke sharp. I thought [before the race] I was just going to lay off a bit, but right when we came towards the first turn he was on the lead and going easy, so I just took it from there."
Todd Pletcher, trainer of beaten-favorite Palace Malice (No. 6): "I thought he ran well. He missed the break a little bit and was able to recover a decent position. I thought he put in a good move around the turn then he flattened out a little bit in the stretch, but I thought it was an encouraging effort. It's been a long time since he's run a mile and an eighth. We got some good breezes in him, but we were concerned that he might need this race to really move forward to get back to his best. Hopefully, this moves him forward."
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