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You have to get started somewhere. That's probably the most appropriate phrase to use in describing Mr. Fantasy's return, but there is probably also some level of disappointment solely from the anticipation of waiting a prolonged period for his return. However, the disappointment is really unwarranted as Mr. Fantasy showed his brilliant speed again and simply got tired after setting brutally fast fractions. This is not unreasonable to expect off this kind of layoff. The first quarter-mile was a wicked 21.3, and that took its toll late. Mr. Fantasy led into the stretch before tiring in the final furlong.
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Mike Hushion's assistant Graham said, "When Ramon asked him the horse took off. He was very fresh. He went too fast and got tired. I think he'll be a little less keen now that he's run. He was training very aggressively. He should get a lot from the race. We certainly know the speed is there."
Ramon Dominguez said, "I learned something in the race. You can't ask him to go, because he'll take off. I asked him and he exploded. There was no way I was going to slow him down at that point. I just hoped he might be able to carry his speed at that point, but he got tired in the last eighth."
Where We Go From HereMr. Fantasy earned an 80 Beyer in the race. He came out of the race well. We do not have a next target identified yet. We'd like to look at the Met Mile(G1) on May 31st and work our way back from there if all went well. How we get to that race is yet to be decided. We don't want to run our big race in April, but we'd like to get some kind of tightener. Mike and Terry will look at the plan over the next week and map something out