Placing the hermetically sealed envelope near his head, Carnack The Magnificent divines the one-word answer: “Boisterous.”
Opening the envelope, the question is revealed: “What word describes
the Del Mar Opening Day crowd and a Pacific Classic possibility.
Boisterous, a 6-year gelding who runs for the Kentucky Derby-winning
connections of the Phipps Stable and trainer Shug McGaughey, won the Man
o’ War Stakes last Saturday at Belmont Park by 2 ¼ lengths, covering 1
3/8 miles in 2:14.11 over a turf course rated “good.”
Afterward, McGaughey said there were three options for Boisterous’ next start.
“We’ll think about the Sword Dancer [Grade 1, August 17, Saratoga
Race Course]. We’ll think about the Arlington Million [Grade 1, August
17, Arlington Park]. We’ll think about the Pacific Classic [Grade 1,
August 25, Del Mar],” said McGaughey. “When we get up to Saratoga we’ll
see how he’s doing.”