I was there and I bet on him. He looked so much the best in the walking ring it was astonishing. By far the largest gap of the day in that regard.Tessablue wrote:Well Hofburg has a future. That was an impossible trip for any young horse, let alone a Mott second-time starter coming off a long layoff. And he's got the pedigree to match that promise.
The price was bet way down from the morning ling but that actually made me more confident. I like the subtle wise guy action at Gulfstream. Same thing last year with Always Dreaming in the Florida Derby.
Once Hofburg moved into striking position on the backstretch I actually expected him to draw away and win much more handily than he did. My friend and I on the rail were announcing the race was over. Then we nearly had to eat our words. Fortunately they used the first finish line for that race.
It was my only highlight of the day but I was happy to avoid some losers I liked when the price was simply too low. I'm not sure if the announcers mentioned there was a significant headwind on the backstretch.
I never would have had the winner in the Fountain of Youth but it could not have been more obvious at the midway point that he would hold on. As Shug said in the winner's circle, the ears were pricked and it was going to take something special to get past him.
He did remind of Shackleford, from the white face to running style to tenacity.