(Tom’s d’Etat at the finish line of the G2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Al Stall Jr. (winning trainer of Tom’s d’Etat)

“We always thought he was the right kind of horse. He’s been deserving of a Grade 2 or a Grade 1 maybe next month (in the $600,000 Clark Presented by Norton Healthcare on Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs), so here we are.”

Joel Rosario (winning rider)

“He broke sharp, and I sent him to the lead early (along with Mr Freeze). He can just sit there and when you ask him, he will keep going.”

Robby Albarado (rider of runner-up Mr Freeze)

“I went to the front and he ran a big race. It was a heads-up ride by the winner. He never gave me a breather. (Winning jockey Joel Rosario) knew that if my horse could get a breather, he would kick on faster. But my horse still kicked on fast and I am proud of him. He handled the (off) track well. He is a good horse.”

Tyler Gaffalione (rider of third-place finisher Bal Harbour)

“I had a good trip. The horse broke well and traveled well throughout the race. When the other two (Tom’s d’Etat and Mr Freeze) quickened, I just couldn’t keep up. He maintained his stamina and finished a good third. Props to the winner and the runner-up; they ran good races.”