December 10, 2019

Winning trainer Todd Pletcher (Commissioner): “This was awesome. I’m very happy. I loved the position he was able to get into. Once he gets into that rhythm, you can keep on cruising. Right after the Skip Away, we talked about it and decided to go to the Pimlico Special. We’ll see how he comes out of it. It’s 22 days to the Brooklyn Handicap, so that’s possible.”

Winning jockey Javier Castellano (Commissioner): “He was very strong today. He minded so well. I was able to tuck in around the first turn and he was just galloping along. He can go 24 (seconds) and 48, that’s him. I didn’t ask him until we turned for home. The more distance the better for him.”

Trainer Mary Eppler (Page McKenney, 2nd): “He has a pretty bad cut on his ankle and it’s bleeding pretty badly. We have the vet coming over to the barn now. He’s hit the board in all of his stakes races. I’m very pleased with the way he ran today.”

Jockey Horacio Karamanos (Page McKenney, 2nd): “We had a little bit of traffic so I waited and let (Commissioner) go and when we came out I had plenty of horse left. He just couldn’t catch up to the winner.”

Trainer Bob Baffert (Cat Burglar, 3rd): “He ran a good race. He’s coming off a layoff. It’s taken him a few races. We weren’t going to beat the winner.”

Jockey Joel Rosario (Top Billing, 4th): “They were going well early on and then they kind of slowed down on the backstretch. I knew he was running at the end. He just couldn’t catch the winner. He was coming and coming and coming but just couldn’t get there.”

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