Travers Stakes Report (Cont.)

Both horses cleaned up their feed tubs that night, and the following morning, Medaglia d'Oro walked with his left front foot bandaged. Frankel feels it's nothing serious, and that it more likely was a bruise or abscess under the skin that burst open. The wound was on the inside and outside of the quarter. Frankel will monitor it closely. Because it's down by the coronet band, there's always the danger of it turning into a quarter crack. Both trainers said there's a good chance they'll run next in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).

For McPeek, who had beaten Medaglia d'Oro in the Belmont with the now-injured Sarava, it still was difficult to separate pride from the disappointment of losing. "All I know is that I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it," he said. "What bothers me about losing is that if he had won, people would have been talking about it for many years--bringing a horse off that long a layoff to win the Travers. But I'm young and I still have dues to pay."

As for Frankel, he could still hear the shouts of "Bobby! Bobby!" reverberating throughout the Saratoga grandstand following the race. Not even 30 years of California sun have been able to burn away the New Yorker in him. It was great to be home.