On Saturday night time, a dense fog that shrouded the Pimlico Race Course for the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown was as a lot part of the dialog as Justify’s win.
It even shook up the horse’s co-owners.
“When this race was going on, I was there and we were watching, and really what got to me more than anything is when they kind of turned for home and all of a sudden I couldn’t see him,” Kenny Trout stated. “That scared me to death. … Then finally they showed up right there. Boom. It was unbelievable.”
Said Elliott Walden: “It seemed like an eternity, but when they went into the fog, I was like, ‘Where are they? Where are they?’ Just the anticipation of them coming out and you knew when they went in that he was in front, so you you were hoping to see those white silks coming out.”
Winning coach Bob Baffert joked that he was considering extra in regards to the race announcer than his horse.
“Well, I was thinking it’s got to be tough for Larry Collmus, the announcer,” Baffert stated. “He was probably saying, ‘They’re in the backside, I can’t see horses, but there’s [rapper and InfieldFest headliner] Post Malone.’ It’s like my boys were with me and they said, ‘I can’t see anything.’ When I heard my boys say, ‘He’s making his move,’ I saw the white colors turning for home.”
Saying the fog made the race “freakishly exciting,” Steve Asmussen, the coach of third-place finisher Tenfold, added that “there felt like there was a five-minute lull until you saw him again, and when they came out and he was considerably closer, you just jumped.”
Asmussen stated that Saturday’s situations, in addition to these three years in the past, are simply a part of the weather that horses should take care of throughout a race. He in contrast it with being on an airplane descending from the clouds into an airport with low visibility and considering a comparatively protected touchdown has abruptly turn out to be treacherous.
“That’s what makes horse racing what it is — it affects every single one of them differently,” Asmussen said. “Great horses have to overcome it. It’s like anything. It’s like looking out of a window when you’re flying into town. What you think is a big deal can be extremely insignificant when put into perspective. It can stir you up a little bit, turn your tummy, you know?”