(CZ Rocket inches by Whitmore at the wire / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Oaklawn Park)

From the Oaklawn Park Media Team:

Trainer Quotes:

Peter Miller — CZ Rocket (1st):

“I didn’t think we would be behind Whitmore, but it kind of worked out,” said trainer Peter Miller, who had claimed the horse last year for $40,000 at Oaklawn before he went on to win multiple Graded stakes. “Might have been a blessing in disguise to track Whitmore. He’s such a great horse, Whitmore, and so is C Z Rocket. I just can’t say enough about both of these horses. My congratulations to the connections of Whitmore on having this horse ready to rock and roll. Going down the stretch, I thought we were going to get there. It was tough. He was a little further back than I’d thought he would be, honestly. I did see pace was hot. Flo (Florent Geroux) knows what he’s doing. Horse runs really well for him. Pace was fast, so we were where we were supposed to be and it worked out.”