Messi ran a little more settled than in his past races and came from last to first to snatch the Grade III Knickerbocker Stakes from the front running outsider. One of the coolest horses in the barn this was his third win in four races since coming Stateside from Germany. Last time out in the Sword Dancer the 1-1/2 miles was a little too far so he was brought back to a shorter distance of 1-1/8 miles today. He has a tremendous turn of foot and is a comfortable reminder of Better Talk Now and Main Sequence.
The next race was the Grade I Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Keeneland. I try not to be outspoken here but look at the race. The winner came over on Miss Temple City forcing to her to take up, she then ran on to be beaten a whisker. I have no idea why there wasn’t a Stewards Inquiry and not sure why Drayden didn’t object but it was left to the owner to object and they let it stand! I heard that three of the other jockeys couldn’t understand the winner being taken down either – that says something. Certainly grounds for appeal in my mind not just for the owner and trainer but for our guys who work hard in the barn every day, and the highlight of their career is taking care of a Graded Stakes winner.