Trainer John Shirreffs was ticking off all the things he liked about his Kentucky Derby hopeful Gormley.
“Not too big or too small,” he said. “Beautiful conformation. Well-muscled. Keen. Intelligent.”
Wait, how do you know a horse is intelligent?
“I guess when he counted to 1,000, it took my breath away,” Shirreffs said with laugh.
You know things are going well when a trainer tries a little stand-up.
On Saturday, Gormley will take the next step in the seemingly forever and exceedingly difficult march to the first Saturday in May. He will face six horses in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (Race No. 7, post time about 3:30 p.m.)...