(Bowies Hero, with jockey Flavien Prat up, got through a hole late to win the G1 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland on Saturday / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

Josh Flores (assistant to Phil D’Amato, winning trainer of Bowies Hero)

On the decision to run here rather than at Santa Anita in today’s City of Hope Mile (G2)

“About a million dollars (purse of Shadwell Turf Mile), compared to $200,000. We’ve always had the confidence in this horse. He’s had some tough trips. Today, (jockey) Flavien (Prat) was able to put him in the right spot and he was able to fly home.”

On earning a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at D’Amato’s home track of Santa Anita.

“It will be nice to walk over – probably (as) one of the favorites – right out of your own barn. And to win one at Keeneland is always special.”

Flavien Prat (winning rider)

“I thought I had a good trip. My horse broke well – better than the other day (when fifth at Del Mar in the Del Mar Mile-G2 on Aug. 18). I was able to put myself in the race, was able to tip him out around the turn and get him ready to make his run. And then he got the job done. (The battle between several horses right at the wire) was great. When you win, it’s great. When you get beat, it’s frustrating. He always gives you everything he has.”

Julien Leparoux (rider of runner-up Diamond Oops)

“We were close to the pace, broke very sharp. Settled nice on the backside. He ran big today. It was a close finish for second and he ran a big race for sure.”

Jamie Spencer (rider of third-place finisher Suedois [FR])

“The draw (12 hole) was a big handicap to my horse, probably the difference between winning and losing. He’s run good. He’s an 8-year-old. The trainer (David O’Meara) has done well with him.”

Javier Castellano (rider of 10th-place finisher and beaten favorite Valid Point)

“I tried to find room and get a spot in the race. Turning for home, I tried looking for a seam. It was a tough race, a lot of traffic, a lot of horses – a lot of good horses. I tried to get a jump but it was a lot of traffic. It was a big step up today for a young horse. I think he ran huge in the Secretariat (G1). We tried to step up a little bit and maybe get lucky but it was a tough race. I’m not disappointed, I think he’s a good horse. Sometimes you have to test the waters a little bit.”