Most horses that compete in all three Triple Crown races show some fatigue from the grueling campaign of three grade I events in five weeks, but not so with Point Given, according to his trainer, Bob Baffert, who returned to Churchill Downs with the colt on Sunday.
"I saw him lay down in his stall today for the first time," Baffert said Monday of the massive Thunder Gulch colt who romped by 12 1/4 lengths in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, three weeks after winning the Preakness and five weeks after finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby. "He laid down for a five-minute power nap, then got up and attacked the hay net again. He's an amazing horse, he's not wiped out at all from the Triple Crown. He cooled out after the Belmont in no time."
Though Baffert is undecided about when and where The Thoroughbred Corp. runner will make his next start, he doesn't plan to idle him for very long. "I don't think he's the kind of horse I can back off too much," said Baffert, who now has won two-thirds of the Triple Crown in three of the last five years. "He likes to eat too much, and I can't have him putting on a lot of weight. I'll let him dictate what he can handle. I'll make sure the prince (Ahmed Salman) has his jet on standby back in Saudi Arabia."
Baffert said he doesn't think the public has seen Point Given's best race yet, despite a reference from John Ward, the trainer of Monarchos, who called the Belmont an "over the top" performance. "He's not to the top yet," Baffert insisted. "I think he's got more that he can show."