Second. For the third successive time, Perfect Bu!! finished in front of every other contestant except the one to cross the wire first. The jock reported that it wasn’t a question of the colt being fast enough to run with the leaders down the backstretch, he simply wasn’t interested in sprinting. Yet he displayed his ability when coming off the turn as he angled out five wide, drove through the homestretch and earned the Place in another thrilling finish.
No excuses, the colt hasn’t offered a winning effort. Yet optimism abounds once the opportunity to contest a route arises. Olympians that win at the 800 meter distance are generally not quick enough to compete in the 100 meter dash. Those competing in the dash similarly are not fast enough at the longer distance. While making it to the medal stand is nice, the goal is the Gold. Same affinity goes for horses. Fortunately, this colt is talented enough to be competitive sprinting. Unfortunately, the racing secretary writes the distance of the races, not the connections. While the trainer stated that he would ask to have a race offered going a mile, it’s unlikely to be carded. Such is the fare of summer racing for two-year olds at Canterbury Park. You need to run what they write, no excuses.
Perfect Bu!! will likely make another start in two weeks. While what would be his fifth start in eight weeks, and that as a two-year old, is exceedingly rare in the modern era, the colt has been completely sound, both mentally and physically. So as another Second is joyfully celebrated, the journey continues.