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Discreet Cat has an official excuse — he’s apparently got a nasty throat abscess. Be that as it may (and I hope he recovers soon), I’m not convinced he wants to go much more than a mile. Indeed, that seemed to be Saeed bin Suror’s thought as well (at least prior to his medical exam):

“He didn’t stay the distance,” said the colt’s trainer, Saeed bin Suroor. “We’re going to give him a break and cut him back to a mile.”

Godolphin was so keen to get the word out that there’s an official statement on their web site — so you’ve all been told! (I still maintain that Discreet Cat is no Invasor).

Speaking of legitimate excuses, I was most impressed by Chelokee’s third-place finish in the Florida Derby. I thought he looked like he got squeezed badly (although it was had to tell on the tiny video provided by NBC) and it sounds like it was a bit rougher than that. With a bit more racing luck and a longer distance, I think he’d have been right there at the finish.

1 comment to Excuses

  • John (AKA Not Too Swift)

    The trainer wants to give him a break !! (translation: see you in the Cigar mile). I guess it’s one more race to reestablish his reputation and then off to the breeding shed.

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