Belmont Stakes-winning jockey Mike Smith relaying mid-race words of encouragement from fellow rider and longtime friend Gary Stevens:
It was like a movie scene. As I went by Gary I could see his face clear as day. He just said, ‘Go on Little Brother. You’re moving better than me. Just ride off your win.’
Charlie Pigg is a partner in the Dogwood Stable, which campaigned and won the Belmont Stakes with Palace Malice. After a long evening of celebrating, Pigg stopped by the barn of winning trainer Todd Pletcher to join in the staff’s celebration as told by Randy Kindred of the Pantagraph:
It looked like the whole barn was celebrating, at every stall, the heads of horses were sticking out the door, they couldn’t sleep, either.
Cot Campbell, winning owner and president of Dogwood Stable, after winning the Belmont Stakes with Palace Malice on NBC:
It’s the mother of all great moments. I’m proud for Dogwood and for my great partners and I’m proud for Aiken, they’ll be dancing in the streets, so proud. And for the horse, the horse, I’m so proud of him.
Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to champion Frankel’s owner, Khalid Abdullah, as once quoted after Frankel’s last win and about their trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who passed away on Tuesday:
Henry’s story is not only the most remarkable sporting one, it’s one of the most remarkable human stories. I’ve always said Frankel was an alignment of the stars and Henry was one of those stars. It was an extraordinary coming together.
Trainer Shug McGaughey’s observation on his Kentucky Derby winner Orb the morning after his third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes:
I went down and looked at him a little later and he was kind of hanging his head. He was tired.
Fan Photo of the week
Congratulations to Casey Phillips, winner of this week's Fan Photo Contest!
From Casey: "The intensity of assistant starter's look is mirrored in the horses' eyes. Taken June 1, 2013, at Hollywood Park." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief caption to firstname.lastname@example.org.