DALE ROMANS (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

“He wasn’t acting that bad. It’s a hot day, so that wasn’t worrying me too much. I was more concerned at the quarter-pole if he was going to hold on.” – Dale Romans trainer of Preakness winner Shackleford.

For the third year in a row, the racing circus will pack up at Pimlico and head for New York and the Belmont with only so much on the line. Considering the purse, prestige and eventual breeding-shed appointments that await the winner, calling the final leg of the Triple Crown a consolation prize would be unfair. But to a sport that needs a superstar in the worst way, and hasn’t seen one since Affirmed swept it biggest series in 1978, it guaranteed another year without one. – Associated Press columnist Jim Litke.
“Shoot, we won the Derby and we just got beat in the Preaknesa. I would love to win a Triple Crown, as much for me as for everybody else. … But it wasn’t meant to be. The horse ran a great race. He did nothing wrong.” – Animal Kingdom’s trainer Graham Motion.
“For as hard as he ran in the Derby and to come back.  Dale did a fantastic job with him “I’m happy for Dale because the poor guy ran second last year with First Dude and it looked like he had it won. He did a great training job.” – Bob Baffert, a five-time Preakness winner.