But he was spent at the 1/16 pole. No damn wonder. Six starts at four tracks in four months.
Need a fresh horse to win these things. Nothing comes easy. Gotta run run every step of the way. Goes to show how special Curlin was, to do what he did and nearly win the Belmont too.
As for IHA, the great Left Coast clocker Bruno de Julio says IHA is among the best he's ever seen at running on his right lead. He says most horses prefer their left lead. But when IHA switches leads coming out of the home turn, he hits a different gear and just grinds down whoever's in front of him.