Jonathan Sheppard, winning trainer of Cat's Claw (No. 13): "I think she is definitely a superior distance horse. She's acted that way. Since we've gotten to know her and learn a little bit about her, it just seems like she'll gallop all day."
"She ran in the long race [a 1 Â½-mile turf allowance on June 22] at Belmont. She had broken her maiden and she came back and won nicely in the non-winners of two. But to be honest, those long, marathon races down there don't have really strong competition. This is a huge step up and none of us were really sure how she'd handle it. Obviously, she came through and Cornelio [Velasquez] gave her a great trip. It worked out perfect."
Cornelio Velasquez, winning jockey aboard Cat's Claw (No. 13): "My filly, she'll run all day. She had one pace all the way but she's a nice filly. I think 1 Â½ miles is her best distance. In the stretch, I had a lot of horse but I had no room. When I did [get room], she ran big."