(Change of Control, ridden by Colby Hernandez and trained by Michelle Lovell won the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland on Friday / All Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Michelle Lovell (winning trainer of Change of Control)

“I knew we weren’t going to be able to see much (in the driving rain), and we were laughing about what the horses thought about being out in this kind of rain – whether it was fun or not, because it wasn’t for us. But that was a lot of fun. I couldn’t see anything. It’s a good thing you had the numbers up on the board.”

On training Change of Control, who gave Lovell her first Keeneland stakes win in the Giant’s Causeway-L in April and now is her first graded stakes winner

“She’s been so classy and so talented, and she just gives so much every single time we put her in the gate, so I love her very much. She’s been awesome.”

On whether racing in the Breeders’ Cup has been part of the plan for Change of Control’s races

“No, it hasn’t been. We’ve thought that track (Del Mar) probably wouldn’t play well for her, so we’re happy to be here and we’ll find another spot.”

Colby Hernandez (winning jockey)

On riding in the driving rain

“It was a little tough. When we broke out of the gate I looked over and she was a little in front, but you couldn’t see that good out there. But she broke very sharp, I was able to get in a good position and then sit and wait, and when I called on her she finished up strong.”

Wesley Ward (trainer of third-place finisher and beaten favorite Campanelle-IRE)

“She got smashed leaving the gate and got shuffled back and came running (at the end).”

Did that cost her the race?

“That is what the jock (Joel Rosario) said.”