(Jockey Flavien Prat after guiding Cugino to victory on Saturday / All Photos by Coady Media)

(Jockey Luis Saez after winning with Pin Up Betty in the G3 Regret Stakes / All Photos by Coady Media)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team / Darren Rogers & Kevin Kerstein:


Irad Ortiz Jr. (jockey, Closethegame Sugar, winner): “We broke well but just let him sort of get settled with the leaders going fast in front of us. (Skelly) is a really nice horse but I knew my horse was ready to run a big race here this afternoon and he did.”

Adam Rice (trainer, Closethegame Sugar, winner): “He came off a pretty long layoff last time here at Churchill running in the allowance race on Derby Day. I thought he may have needed that race and he came back really strong today. Irad (Ortiz Jr.) gave him a great ride and is a difference maker. We won a stakes last year on turf but having him show another dimension today on dirt was very impressive.”




Flavien Prat (jockey, Ottoman Fleet, winner): “In his last start, he closed very strongly late going the mile-and-an-eighth distance in New York. A lot of his prior races you could see he liked to lay closer to the pace. He traveled really nicely around the turn and down the backstretch. He had a really strong kick turning for home.”

Joel Rosario (jockey, Chasing the Crown, runner-up): “He tried to cut into the margin down the stretch but just couldn’t quite get there. I thought he ran a really nice race and I’m proud of his effort against a pretty nice winner.”



Flavien Prat (jockey, Cugino, winner): “He broke very well and I was able to get to the front pretty easily. He traveled very well and had a lot left down the lane.”


Reeve McGaughey (assistant trainer, Cugino, winner): “I think the blinkers have helped him keep focus and has really made him step up his game. We put them on him last time and he ran a good race but I think the inside post today helped him a little more.”

Cristian Torres (jockey, Lagynos, runner-up): “I was just second best to the winner today. He tried hard late to get up for second.”



Florent Geroux (jockey, Highland Falls, winner): “On paper there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race but he always breaks pretty sharp. So we kept him pretty close to the pace. He seems to need a little bit of encouragement to keep focused and not level off. He kept finding more late down the lane and did some of his best running inside the eighth pole.”

Brad Cox (trainer, Highland Falls, winner): “I think this is a breakthrough performance for him. He needed to win a race like this and I think it can really kickstart his campaign. He’s regally bred and can run all day long. A mile-and-a-quarter race down the road shouldn’t be a problem for him. Godolphin has two really nice older horses between First Mission, who’s targeting the Stephen Foster (GI), and Highland Falls.”

Cherie DeVaux (trainer, Cagliostro, runner-up): “I thought he ran a great race. I’m very proud of him. Inside the eighth-pole I thought he was going to win. He ran great.”

Stu Hampson (assistant trainer, Dreamlike, third): “Around the turn he made a big move to get into contention. He was a little green going wide at the quarter pole but ran a solid race.”



Mike Maker (trainer, Pin Up Betty, winner): “We’ve tried to get her to the turf a couple of times last year but got excluded from some races. Her dam, I’m Betty G, was a really nice turf mare for us. So, I think once we switched her to the turf she’s really improved for us. Being a homebred for Three Diamonds Farm, it’s really special to win with her.”

Phil Bauer (trainer, Buchu, runner-up): “She ran a good race. She was tracking the leaders from off the pace and when the race started coming back to us, the winner ended up getting the jump on us and we couldn’t make up the ground to catch her.”




Javier Castellano (jockey, Scylla, winner): “There wasn’t a lot of speed in the race on paper so I wanted to make sure to keep her close to the pace. Up the backside, we were going at a good pace, not too fast. She was ranging up to (Xigera) on her own. We always knew her talent was there and the way she’s opened up late in her last two starts she’s really shown that. I thought adding blinkers would keep her a little bit more sharp and focused going two turns. Bill (Mott) agreed and we added them for today’s start and it really worked out.”

Kenny McCarthy (assistant trainer, Scylla, winner): “She’s been very impressive in her time we’ve had her at Churchill. I think bigger and better things are definitely in her future.”

Julien Leparoux (jockey, Xigera, runner-up): “We were just second best today. She ran a good race but couldn’t hold off the winner late.”