I'm willing to hold off chastisement until they do run him in the Preakness.Curtis wrote: It’s not that he doesn’t fit it’s the timing that’s off. The Lexington made little sense in the scheme of things. I don’t remember how many points he has but the Lexington would have given him only 20 more had he won. At best he would have been on the bubble. He ran the way one would expect, show speed and then get tired. Now they’re doubling down in a tougher spot three weeks after a race he, most likely, wasn’t ready for. Don’t put a Preakness run by these soon to be Eclipse Award winning owners. I’m sure Saturday’s race will be deemed as just the prep he needs.
I don't spend any time near tracks these days so I don't see the horses in the flesh but I guess it's not actually clear to me that he wasn't ready for the Lexington. Or at least as ready as he might get. Are we thinking that the fact that he was 4th is proof that he wasn't ready?
He did have 8 timed workouts in a row. I'm not qualified to say how fit he was but trainers have gotten horses ready to race with 8 workouts on a regular cadence before.
I get that the Lexington was a tougher spot to come back than I would have chosen but now that he ran there, and ran okay, is it really a bad choice to run him back in a spot where he fits?