(Oleksandra wins the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Joel Rosario (winning rider of Oleksandra [AUS])

“She just relaxed, and then she came with a big run. She had a tremendous turn of foot. It seemed like I had room to go through (an opening between rivals). She was just rolling at the end.”

Barry Irwin (Founder and CEO of Team Valor International, owner of Oleksandra)

“She had such a head of steam. You knew she had the energy, but whether there was room … Usually (Rosario) won’t go in a place where he’s not going to get out. I felt pretty confident he was on it.”

On whether she will be supplemented to the Breeders’ Cup

“If I look at it from an intellectual point of view, the answer would be ‘No.’ When emotions get involved and a horse wins like this, anything is possible.”

Tyler Gaffalione (rider of runner-up Morticia)

“The race set up exactly the way I thought it would. Girls Know Best went to the lead, set a nice pace and we sat right off of her. I knew it would be a fight to the finish because that mare doesn’t stop and Morticia tries hard to the wire. I knew we would be battling it out. I had a perfect trip, but the winner was just much the best today. It was a great race and I am proud of Morticia. She became a millionaire today so that is extra special.”

Corey Lanerie (rider of third-place finisher Girls Know Best)

“She’s a great horse to ride – she’s a rider’s dream. It’s a shame we didn’t win but she always seems to break very well and put you in front. Then it’s your race to win or lose. Turning for home, I thought I had a lot in the tank but they just outran us today.”