(Ivar / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Paolo Lobo (winning trainer of Ivar [BRZ])

On cheering for the horse as he raced down the stretch

“You know how hard it is to win a Grade 1, especially here at Keeneland. We need to celebrate.

“We were very worried about the (outside 11) post position, but his style if you see his races in Argentina, he always comes from off the pace – way off the pace. Today, it worked very well. I was very concerned because of the first turn. Joe (Talamo) rode him 100 percent magnificent.”

Joe Talamo (winning rider)

“Down the backside, he got in such a good rhythm, was so relaxed. Congratulations to Paolo. He did a great job training this horse, (changing) his tactics. When he won at Churchill (in June), he was in front. He took the blinkers off. Just an incredible training job on his part to get this horse to turn off like that. I was all smiles turning for home when I took him out there. He just exploded.”

Joel Rosario (rider of runner-up Raging Bull [FR])

“He ran well. He made a nice run. Too bad we couldn’t get to the winner. The winner ran a monster race today. I was by myself in the clear in the back, and he made his move nice. I thought for a second that we were going to get there (for the win), but the winner was too good.”