For a man whose volubility makes him a terrific interview, Jay Hanley was curiously silent as he stood near the winner’s circle at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon. Minutes earlier, his Lady Eli had won the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl, her second race and first win since she was injured after the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in July of 2015.
Searching for words, he said, “I don’t know if…vindicated? is the right word?”
Then, a smile beginning to creep across his face, he said, “’Relaxed’ is definitely not the right word.”
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Quietly could be the best story in racing this year. I’ll be rooting for her to cap off a remarkable comeback at the Breeders Cup.
At times over the weekend, I was disappointed to be missing Keeneland. But I’d have been so disappointed not to be at Belmont for this, which was the high point on a pretty terrific day at Belmont. “Remarkable,” indeed.