Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Jess's Dream: "It wasn't easy to get him to the races. We've had him for a year but it's taken a year to get him here. It was like a Grade 1. It was pretty special because of who it is and listening to the fans clap. It's great to win here at Saratoga with this horse because they appreciate him."
"He showed his potential today. He's never had any issues, other than the pharyngitis. It was because of who he was that we kept trying to get specialists involved and figure it out. It worked out and he's a very talented horse. [Stonestreet Stables] is great to train for and it's a privilege to have him in the barn; it's a lot of fun."
"He'll get better with racing. An [allowance race] at Belmont is probably next for him, or the Travers, one of the two. No, an [allowance race] is next. That was great."
John Velazquez, rider aboard Jess's Dream: "I worked him once a couple months ago; I broke him out of the gate and I hustled him, hustled him, hustled him, so I knew he had no speed. I broke today and left him alone until he was ready. At the half-mile pole I started getting after him and he started catching up to horses. Once he caught up to the group, he knew it was time to run."
"I left him alone for so long. At the half-mile pole I thought I was too far back. I gave him the benefit of the doubt that he was going to start running. Once he started rolling at the quarter-mile pole, I thought I might have a chance to win. I put him on the outside and he went by."
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