Things looked good. The surgery was a success. He didn't aggravate it while exerting himself.
But what struck me as odd was that owner Mark Allen, looking like his motorcycle got a flat tire, loomed over the "press conference." Next, Woolley said that they planned on scoping him AGAIN the following day and that if anything went awry they would not enter him.
Scoping on back-to-back days? Especially when he was clean as Mister? To me, this suggested that they were looking for an excuse not to run him in Saratoga, namely Mark Allen was looking for an excuse to skip the Travers.
Mine That Bird apparently lost 50-60 pounds following his third-place finish in the West Virginia Derby. He has since at Saratoga and put the weight back on. He was training well and his mood and attitude were sharp and attentive.
It's too bad. He was pointed to this race at a distance he should relish. He is the only horse to win a race at 10 furlongs. The race will still be great with Charitable Man, Hold Me Back, Kensei, Quality Road, Our Edge, Summer Bird and Warrior's Reward. But without the Derby winner, the Travers now seems like tarnished silver or a dull steak knife.
The protocol surrounding his absence from the entry box was fishy and the result was crushing.