Trainers can be influenced by what happens – and what does not happen – in major races.
When Bourbon War finished fourth in the Florida Derby behind Maximum Security, Bodexpress, and Code of Honor, leaving him short of having enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, trainer Mark Hennig became more than a casual spectator of the opening leg of the Triple Crown.
Hennig was elated when Maximum Security and Code of Honor performed well in the run for the roses, even if Maximum Security, a winner by a length and three-quarters, was disqualified by the stewards for interference and placed 17th. It was indisputable that he had run extremely well, as had Code of Honor, who was placed second to longshot Country House.
It was enough…