Belmont Stakes Post Position Draw Quotes

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6/3/2015
1:35 pm EDT

Updated 6:20 p.m. ET

Mubtaahij, post 1, 10-1

Mike de Kock -- "He's done well. The fact that he's been settled in one place for a few weeks is good. I'm very happy with the way he's going. I don't think a mile and a half is a problem at all. He's by Dubawi and there's a lot of stamina in his family. The way he won the Derby in Dubai I'd be shocked if he didn't get the distance. He did win from drawing one in Dubai, but I'd rather be on the outside to be honest. We've got a rider that knows his way around the track. You've got to leave it to the rider."

Tale of Verve, post 2, 15-1

Dallas Stewart -- "The horse has continued to develop. He's a big, strong horse. He's sound. His works have been sharper. He's acting sharp. I think he'll be a little closer. We just took a shot (in the Preakness)."

Madefromlucky, post 3, 12-1

Todd Pletcher -- Says his post position doesn't matter, my two runners have complementary running styles. "Both Materiality and Madefromlucky give me the impression 1 1/2 miles won't be a problem. One of the things we're hoping is that because in his previous races he didn't run the turns very well, and because he seemed to run the turn much better at Belmont, that it'll be a positive. It's kind of a bigger, sweeping turn. He needs to keep improving. I think his last race was his best and he's trained well since then."

Frammento, post 4, 30-1

Nick Zito -- "I don't think the post matters too much to us because we're coming from behind, so hopefully we'll get a good trip and go from there. We'll be all right. We'll get a good position and we'll be fine. I'll talk to Mike (Smith) and leave it up to him. He'll definitely get the trip and hopefully he's good enough that day."

American Pharoah, post 5, 3-5

Bob Baffert -- "I've always liked the five, I've had luck with that number. We're just going to get him ready, and if he's great, he'll get it done. He's an exciting horse to watch. He's an exciting horse for me to train." On American Pharoah's job this morning: on American Pharoah's first jog at Belmont Wednesday morning: "He went the wrong way, so he didn't really learn a lot." Regarding the trophy: “Is that thing 37 years old? I’ve always wondered about that. It looks like it’s in great shape."

Victor Espinoza -- "I'm very happy with the draw. #5 is a very good number. I've come here twice. I feel lucky this year. Third time's the charm. American Pharoah is always special."

Ahmed Zayat -- "I think he's a special horse. He's the best moving horse I've ever seen. It's going to be a rider's race, and I'm confident we are coming in the best we could. We'll race him as long as he remains healthy, happy and we can do it."

Justin Zayat -- "We're just happy to be back. We're really blessed to make it here with American Pharoah. We're just enjoying the ride."

Frosted, post 6, 5-1

Kiaran McLaughlin -- "I didn't think there was going to be a bad draw for us and am happy that we drew post six in an eight horse field. No excuses. We weren't looking for any specific draw but in the middle is always a great place to be. In a mile-and-a-half race, they will all have plenty of time to sort it all out. Materiality drew well, eight of eight, as did American Pharoah, five of eight, and they'll probably be the first two into the first turn and we'll probably be third to six and from there we'll let Joel work it out. I'm just glad the sun is out so we can train properly. The last couple of days we've had to jog and now we'll gallop the next few days. Frosted is doing just super and we're excited about the race."

Keen Ice, post 7, 20-1

Dale Romans -- "It's perfect. I like having another horse on each side of me when they all break and this gives my rider the time to figure it out. In an eight-horse field going a mile and a half, the draw isn't that big of a deal. But the important thing to me was having a horse on either side of me and we got that. My horse shipped great and is doing great since he got here and we'll be ready to go."

Jerry Crawford -- "The surprise with Keen Ice was that we thought once we got to a mile and a quarter we'd be fine" but he got stopped in traffic. Also: "I think of American Pharoah as a wide receiver and of Keen Ice as a fullback."

Materiality, post 8, 6-1

Todd Pletcher --"He's a horse who has accomplished a lot in a short period of time. Both Materiality and Madefromlucky give me the impression 1 1/2 miles won't be a problem." Also says he likes having this post outside of American Pharoah, and that his two runners have complementary running styles. "We're going to make sure we break well this time and go into the first turn trying to make sure there's an honest pace."

John Velazquez -- "Regular riding at Belmont Park is an advantage."