What can I tell you? It’s one of those things, you know. Every race, people are asking ‘What do you think? What does it take to win this race?’ and you just gotta be part of it, you can’t win it in the jocks’ room, you can only win it when you’re out here on the track… And down the lane I mean God, it’s just like Johnny had told me, at the sixteenth pole: you have clear vision, and you get into your zone where everything stops. And I’m a couple yards from the wire and I’m thinking, 'Oh my God, oh my God I’m gonna win the Belmont!’
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. after winning with Ruler On Ice in his first ever Belmont Stakes ride.