The 105th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday was not indicative of the ability and potential of Flying Paster.
The form shows that Flying Paster can whip horses like Golden Act, who ran well enough to be third, beaten less than six lengths by champion Spectacular Bid.
The general feeling is that Flying Paster did not like the cuppy track at Louisville. However, mediocre workouts by the California flash after his Hollywood Derby win suggests he was simply off form.
Railbirds will be watching his workouts at Pimlico with added interest. They should be the tipoff as to what to expect in the Preakness.
Also, the feeling among some racing people at Pimlico is that Ron Franklin rode well in the Derby. The fact that he took his horse outside for his big run is not unusual. Bill Shoemaker has made a career out of keeping horses clear to make their best run from the outside.
Secretariat is an example of a horse circling the entire field on the first turn to win the Preakness, and there was no criticism of Ron Turcotte that day. As a matter of fact, Secretariat is the only horse in the memory of veteran racewatchers who ever accomplished that feat.
The decision to allow the public to watch Spectacular Bid work out Sunday was met with approval by area racing fans. People are invited to bring their children at 10 a.m. to see the gray flash go through his first serious work since the Derby. Refreshments will be sold and the track kitchen will be open.