“The more I watch it the more impressive it is to me. He was giving six to 10 pounds to the field – seven to the runner-up – he ran fractions of 22, 45 1:08 and change, and still came home like that and galloped out well and looked like he hadn’t run a race. That’s a neuromuscular genius right there.” – Chris Baker, the farm/racing manager for owner Edward P. Evans.

“You’re talking about a horse now that set a track record at Saratoga going 6 1/2, set two track records at Gulfstream going 1 1/8 miles, runs a mile in 1:33 flat (actually 1:33.11 – the third fastest time ever for the storied race) carrying 124 pounds off a four-month layoff – as good as it gets.” – winning trainer Todd Pletcher about Edward P. Evans’ Virginia-bred Quality Road.

“One of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen – by the time he came out of the tunnel he was eyeing up the grass [to graze], you would never have thought he ran the way he looked this morning.” – Jonathan Thomas, Pletcher’s assistant who was with Quality Road immediately after the race.

(Quotes from the Daily Racing Form, Photo by Walter Kobbe via Flikcr)