Devil's Bag

Devil's Bag

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April 19, 1984
Devil's Bag

Devil's Bag rebounded off a loss in the Flamingo Stakes (gr. I) with a 15-length triumph in the April 19 Forerunner purse at seven furlongs at Keeneland. He then won the Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs nine days later, but the question remained: Was he ready for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I)?

"From one viewpoint, here is a colt which had been hailed at two a potential super horse, syndicated for $1 million per share, a full brother to a champion, and the son of the same stallion that sired last year's Derby winner," wrote The Blood-Horse's Edward L. Bowen. "He won the Derby Trial a week before the classic and had lost only once in his career.

"On the other hand, he failed dismally in his only race as long as 1 1/8 miles, and his Derby Trial race at a mile found him a very tired horse, wanting to drift out in the stretch."

Devil's Bag was withdrawn from Derby consideration, and retired shortly after the Run for the Roses, won by stablemate Swale, because of a small fracture of the radial carpal bone in his right knee. Gate Dancer won the Preakness (gr. I) and Swale the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).