Trainer and co-owner Bill Currin decided to change the colt’s style completely, and informed the head clocker at
The end result was a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 3/5, with splits of: 26 2/5, :38 2/5, :49 4/5, 1:01 3/5, out in 1:14 4/5, 1:29 1/5, 1:45 1/5 for the mile, 1:58 2/5 for the mile and an eighth, and 2:13 for the mile and a quarter. This was a departure from the rapid works the colt usually turns in..
“I’ve never been able to get him to work so slow, but I tricked him this time. I made it look like he wasn’t going to work. We just loped him along with the pony and let him ease off at the quarter. You couldn’t tell if he was breezing or galloping, which is why I called the clockers ahead of time.”
Currin said Kent Desormeaux will be back aboard the son of Stormy Atlantic for the
“Do you believe when he ran in the Florida Derby, he had already put in 40 hours of flying, and twice was stuck on the pallet for hours because of a delay? Currin said. “The last time, we got him on the plane at LAX and he wound up sitting on the tarmac for five hours before they took off. And that was after a 14-hour flight the first time we went. It was brutally unfortunate for me and my horse, but he never complained. He’ll never complain about anything. But it did take its toll.
“Even with that, he still led every step of the way in the Florida Derby and was only beaten four lengths. Now. We’re going by Tex Sutton from