(Flagstaff / All Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Joel Rosario (winning rider of Flagstaff)

“I was thinking (about) trying to get out at some point. With an inside post position I just had to be there. He broke really sharp and I was in a good spot, and I was just waiting to be in the clear when I could going forward.”

“He was running for me (coming into the stretch). Sometimes you know how much (horse) you have when you start moving, but I stopped moving and he kept moving forward so I felt very good about how much horse I had.”

Bill Farish (of winning co-owner Lane’s End Racing)

“When you have the one post, you either send him or you don’t, and it looked like (Joel) was sending him in the beginning and maybe the horse just got outfooted a little bit. But when he swung him outside he really made a great run. It’s really fun to have an older gelding like him. He just keeps coming on big days and winning big races, and it’s a lot of fun for everybody involved.”

Mike Maker (trainer of runner-up Special Reserve)

“He made a really good effort – was trying very hard down the lane.”