"The Derby is a day away. It's Friday. Time for me to use what I
considered a small secret weapon with this particular horse. I had done
it with him in nearly every race of his career, but had kept it secret
from the press.
A day prior to each of his races, instead of
just galloping him for exercise, I would have the rider gallop about a
mile and then quicken the pace to do the last half in 52 and change - a
I kept that a secret race after race because if he
would have thrown in a dull effort, the critics would have said it was
because he'd been breezed the day before.