(Diamond Oops winning the G2 Phoenix Stakes / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Quotes from the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2)

Click here for a replay of the race and the post-race interview with the winning connections

Andie Biancone (assistant to her father, trainer Patrick Biancone about winner Diamond Oops)

“I have my full faith in him. Any time he hits that quarter pole and there’s a horse in front of him, I know he’s going to catch him. He has the biggest heart; that’s the real reason he’s so good on both surfaces is he has a heart that can overcome anything.”

On whether Diamond Oops will compete in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) or Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1)

“Knowing Patrick, he’ll probably wake up a week out and make a decision based on whatever he’s feeling. Maybe he’ll flip a coin. We’ll see.”

Florent Geroux (winning rider)

On why Diamond Oops is so good on dirt and turf

“It’s remarkable. He’s a tremendous horse, and he can even run longer if you ask him. He runs on any surface. It’s rare to run as good as he did last time on the turf at Churchill (winning the Sept. 4 Twin Spires Turf Sprint-G2 Presented by Sysco) and now winning a major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.”

On if he thought Diamond Oops would reel in leader Empire of Gold

“I was trying to time it right because when he makes the lead he’ll throw his heels up a little bit and slow himself down. I was just trying to time it right. When he saw the horse (Empire of Gold) as his target, I knew we were going to get him.”

Declan Carroll (rider of 51-1 longshot runner-up Empire of Gold)

“We were up against it. Three-year-olds versus older, and we all know how hard that is to do. We got beat by a very nice horse. (Empire of Gold) comes from Remington Park, where the stretch is a little shorter. If I rode the race again, I would have waited a bit longer to ask him (for more) run (after) I had put On Parole away early. That could have made the difference.”