Perfect Bull entered the feature race at Remington Park in good form. Earlier on the card, the Cimarron Stakes was won handily by a filly that Perfect Bull had easily defeated in his prior start. Winning a race against horses that go on to beat other horses, especially in stakes competition, is a positive sign.
The field of twelve broke cleanly in the Centennial Stakes with Perfect Bull once again putting himself into a stalking position. Coming around the turn the colt moved into contention, appearing ready to validate his form. While the jockey would report later that he was sitting on plenty of horse at the quarter pole, Perfect Bull didn't quicken with the other front-runners; he would finish fourth in his stakes debut.
The trainer reported that although the colt wasn't tired when he returned, he didn't have any 'pep'. Perhaps his two year old campaign had taken its toll. Perhaps he simply faced other horses on top of their game. Perhaps it just wasn't his night. That's horse racing. Form is one thing, consistently replicating it on the track is another. We'll see how the colt is doing in a few days and plan the next destination accordingly.
Tonight we celebrate the journey and cherish life's perfect moments.