2017 Louisiana Derby – Post Race

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Girvin ran as well as we had expected. He was able to stalk a solid early pace, made his move to contention on the far turn into the stretch and was able to wrestle a lead just past the 1/8th pole and while looking a little leg weary midstretch was able to change leads again and opened a little space to the wire. So far Girvin has done what was asked, he learned how to rate off the early pace, showed fire late and stretched to 1 1/8th miles. Does he keep improving going longer – well that’s a tough one to answer right now because this race was his longest and hardest so we’ll have to keep tabs on him to study how he trains up to the Derby.

Patch only had two career starts entering this race and stepped up in a big was as he had put in a long drive to finish 2nd here and at one point looked like he was going to pull off the upset. Very hard on a horse to go from a Maiden win at one-mile into a Grade II event at 1 1/8th miles, so getting an even longer distance next time out will be even more difficult on the horse. Obviously Patch has talent and If I were the owner/trainer I would give him a six week respite and not enter him back at a longer distance than he just ran, but that would be doing right by the horse which a lot of trainers don’t seem to care about these days.

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