It’s amazing that you can be so thrilled to have a fourth place finisher but we couldn’t have been happier with Went The Day Well if he’d won the Kentucky Derby! He is a horse who has gone up the ladder by running two competitive races on the turf in England, winning his maiden on the dirt over here, going straight to a Grade III missing out his allowance condition, and then finishing fourth in a race teaming with seasoned multiple Graded Stakes winners. It was an incredible year in that the speed horse (Bodemeister) held the speed in a very professional manner which made the closers work extra hard. Most years the speed would have come back to the field. Went The Day Well is not a speed horse and it seemed he didn’t have the best of trips so he was way back, but the run he made at the end was breathtaking. A jump after the wire he was with the winner. The connections must be delighted with him and if all goes well, Belmont here he comes!
Below is the chart and a few words from John Velazquez
“I got shut off and lost my position twice, but in the first quarter mile. This was not my worst trip in the Derby, but it was a bad trip.”
This is a good slideshow of the race. Note #10, key contenders in photo, Went The Day Well nowhere to be seen yet. Also #21, looks who’s with the winner?
Chappy Motion having a moment with Went The Day Well.
P.S. Obviously, I’m out of the loop!
Highly likely for a Preakness bid is Team Valor International’s Went the Day Well, fourth in the Derby for trainer Graham Motion. The colt returns to Motion’s stable at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., May 7.