‘I Still Believe There’s A Grade 1 In Him’: Osborne Keeps The Faith In Toast Of New York

by | 01.28.2018 | 9:45am
Jimmy McCarthy with Toast of New York

It was a fairytale from the start for 7-year-old Toast of New York. After being retired and covering a few mares, the horse returned from a 1,130-day layoff to win a race at Lingfield Park. Trainer Jamie Osborne had his sights set on bigger dreams for “Toast,” pointing him to the world's richest horse race at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 27.

Unfortunately, there would be no fairytale ending – not yet. Toast of New York finished last of the 12 in the Pegasus World Cup on Saturday. According to racingpost.com, Osborne isn't letting the result damper his faith in the horse who was once second by a nose in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

“I know I look slightly silly bringing him here now, but I still believe wholeheartedly that he is capable of competing at this level,” Osborne said. “I think I've seen enough in his work to justify that belief. He's been the horse of a lifetime and I have every intention of proving to the world that he is capable of a Grade 1 win.”

Osborne offered several excuses for the horse's performance in the Pegasus, including the fact that Toast of New York faced a lot of kickback for one of the first times in his career.

“It just went horribly wrong,” said the trainer. “We'll take him home and have a regroup and think about what we'll do next but I still believe there's a Grade 1 in him and I'll be doing my utmost to prove it.”

Read more at racingpost.com.

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