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Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby at The Downey Profile®

Howard Still High on Guest Suite

3/20/2017

Says He Likes His Training Consistency

By Dick Downey
@DowneyProfile


Guest Suite, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 this past Tuesday and five in 1:00.00 today, got in his second and third workouts since running fourth in the Risen Star.

“I really think the work went well for him,” trainer Neil Howard said. “I’m very pleased. He’s been training really well since the Risen Star. We kind of laid a plan out since the race, and so far he’s done everything we have asked, especially in his works.

Howard considers Guest Suite's win of the LeComte and his run in the Risen Star both big efforts.

“To be honest with you, I was happy to see more of the same from him,” Howard said. “I think he’s done great so far, and you can’t win every race. I think both his efforts this year were good, and I think he ran very well in the Risen Star. If anything, and hindsight is what it is, he may have been a little far back for his liking, but I’m not sure there was too much to be done about that and he gave a big effort.”

Howard has a definite point of view about Kentucky Derby prep races: do what you can do and hope good things happen.

“On the Derby trail, it’s rare that you win every race, and I’d just like to see him keep looking good on the track and, just as important if not more, I want to see him with a great appetite and physical well-being about him. Those are all the things you look for in any horse, but especially with a horse of this caliber.


“His pedigree suggests that it’s better the farther he goes, and I think he has shown that,” Howard concluded. “Very few if any have gone a mile and an eighth, but we think he should like it, and we think that’s a positive. It’s also nice to see him have such consistency. I love that about him, and I’m very happy with what he’s done so far. It’ll be a field full of good horses (in the Louisiana Derby), so we’ll hope for the best.”

 

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