Irish War Cry's Kentucky Derby hopes sank almost as quickly as they rose.
Coming off a winning performance in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park, beating 2016's 2-year-old champion, Classic Empire, Irish War Cry entered the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream and finished a dismal seventh.
"[The Holy Bull] was kind of a took-your-breath-away performance and kind of got you in the mode of thinking Derby," says H. Graham Motion, Irish War Cry's Elkton-based trainer. "And then it was wiped away pretty quickly a month later with the Fountain of Youth, which was a disaster."
He's able to chuckle about it now after seeing the way Irish War Cry...