(Kingsbarns wins the G3 Ben Ali on Saturday at Keeneland / All Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Keeneland Media Team / Amy Owens:

Quotes for the $300,000 Ben Ali (G3)

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

Ned Toffey (General Manager of Spendthrift Farm, owner of winner Kingsbarns)

On Kingsbarns’ development

“This is a credit to (trainer) Todd (Pletcher’s) management and the fact that Eric Gustavson (owner and President of Spendthrift Farm) made the decision to give him the time (off) that he needed. He needed some time after his 3-year-old campaign, he got it, and he’s just done so well from 3 to 4 (years old). Hopefully he’s going to reward us with a big year.”

Luis Saez (winning rider)

“I was pretty confident. He was pretty professional. He’s been a very nice horse from Day 1, when he broke his maiden at Gulfstream (Park on Jan. 14, 2023). We knew he was a special horse. We feel so grateful to be here at Keeneland and win this stakes. It’s something superior for us. I want to thank the connections, the owner (Spendthrift Farm) and (trainer Todd) Pletcher. They always do a good job.”

On Kingsbarns’ development

“Every time he’s been running, he’s been learning more and getting better and better. Today I was really impressed the way he was traveling. Pretty confident.”

Tyler Gaffalione (rider of runner-up War Campaign)

“My horse broke alertly and put himself in a great spot. I didn’t really expect to be that close, but he was traveling well, very well within himself. Slow fractions, so I think it really helped us finish up. He finished really well down the lane, just couldn’t hold off the winner.”

John Velazquez (rider of third-place finisher Archie the Giza)

“Good trip. I thought the winner was the horse to beat. I told (trainer) Robbie (Robert Medina) we have to go out running and follow the horse (Kingsbarns) and we would have a good chance, and that’s what we did.”