That's my worry as well, especially given how he did seem to respond to Smith before throwing up his head midway into the turn.BaroqueAgain1 wrote:He didn't run like a short horse, he didn't run at all.
And that's the thing that worries me...even a 80-90% Arrogate should have done better in the San Diego. He just didn't run.
If the problem isn't fitness or sudden loss of the ability to run fast (which his recent work indicates he still has), then what if the problem is between his ears?
I do sort of wonder if Baffert had some nagging concern before the San Diego, just based on his demeanor before and after. One 4f work doesn't seem like it would be enough to elicit this response unless he felt the horse was doing better in other capacities as well. Or maybe I'm just looking into it too much... I do know that he's never been a unanimously great work horse and reviews were pretty mixed before the San Diego, his last work mostly excepted, so fingers crossed he looks better than ever leading up to the Pacific Classic.