Remington Park proved to be a very gracious host as they treated the connections of the Derby horses to a terrific day of racing from the comfort of a spacious suite filled with fine food and drink. As post time grew near, you could feel the anticipation grow in the room.
Perfect Bull looked great in the parade to the post. To be sure, so did most of the other fine colts in the race; you could tell this was going to be a very difficult contest. Bull broke well out of the gate as usual, but wasn't as keen or eager to get to the front as he had shown in his other races, settling into the back of the pack for the 1 1/8 mile race.
As they turned for home and with a wall of horses in front of him, the jockey had no option but to swing wide out of the turn and tapped Bull to accelerate down the home stretch. He passed a few horses but he left himself too much ground to make up at the end of the race and finished in 5th place, a little over 4 lengths behind the winner, Fiddlers Afleet.
Although defeated, the colt showed that even on an off-day he can compete at this level as he finished in front of such accomplished horses as Kelly Leak (who defeated Kentucky Derby winner Mine that Bird in the $800k Sunland Derby) and Duke of Mischief (who had won the $250k Iowa Derby and raced against the great filly Rachel Alexandra this summer).
And he gave us an experience we will never forget.