n the moments after Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom came up a few feet short of capturing the second jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday, trainer Graham Motion expressed no regret. His horse put on another great show, even if it did not keep its date with racing history.
"He ran great,'' Motion said. "It's hard to be disappointed when he ran so well. It was perfect, except that we didn't win."
No one should be surprised that the gentlemanly Motion would put Animal Kingdom's heart-stopping — and heartbreaking — performance in such a positive perspective, and no one should be surprised if the rest of us find it much easier to be disappointed that he was unable to overtake Shackleford down the stretch this time.