MARIO GUTIERREZ, BOND HOLDER, WINNER: “This race set up great for my horse because he likes to come from behind. He seemed to like the distance today and I think that played a major part in his win. I don’t think the dirt made much of a difference because he runs everywhere; it was the distance that was the biggest factor.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, DANCE WITH FATE, SECOND: “I had a good trip. There was no problem. He broke really well. He was in position. The winner came on in the end. He was the better horse today.”

JULIEN LEPAROUX, TAMARANDO, THIRD: “He moved right before they opened the gate. He put his head to the side, and we tried, but we missed the break. I tried to get closer to the pace on the first turn but I was behind two horses. If I tried to move too early I was going to be wide, too, so after that, I had to be patient and see where I could move. He ran well today.”


LEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TO DOUG O’NEILL, BOND HOLDER, WINNER: “We had great expectations for this horse even though he was a maiden. He ran a huge race at Del Mar (second on Aug. 31) and we knew we had a legitimate horse. Mario (Gutierrez) has ridden the horse every time but we told him just to let the horse alone and let him do his thing the last quarter of a mile. That’s the way this horse likes to run; the last quarter of a mile.”

Told it was great day for Team O’Neill with Private Zone winning the Grade I Vosburgh earlier today at Belmont: “Two Grade I’s and also Square Eddie (2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner) made a name for himself as a stallion with another baby (Versye) winning the first race here today.”

PETER EURTON, DANCE WITH FATE, SECOND: I think he broke well, which was a big key. I think he laid up close which I think was an important factor for him. I think the dirt bothered him a little bit in his face, which is why he took it outside. It hit him a little bit on the first turn. I think he’s maturing, but I think overall, he rated well. It was a good productive race.”

(On his recent form) “He’s only run three times now, second down in Del Mar was a big key, because he had never run against that caliber of horses before. Over here was a key to see if he can handle the dirt as well as he handled the synthetic. He’s trained well on it, but he’s still learning. I think we’re going in the right direction for Breeders’ Cup.”

NOTES: Doug O’Neill and his brother, Dennis, were at the Brown-Harvard football game today to see their nephew, Patrick O’Neill, play for Brown. He’s a defensive halfback. Winning owner J. Paul Reddam is from Orange, CA.