The Garden State is billed as The World's Richest Race, and this year's purse does not refute that billing. It could also truthfully be called "The World's Wettest Race" for in five of the last seven runnings the track has been off. Nevertheless, the Garden State is important to racing people because it has produced the top 2-year-old colt for four straight years ( Barbizon, Nadir, First Landing and Warfare). If Carry Back is awarded the championship this season, though, it will be by default. Hail To Reason was several lengths ahead of his contemporaries before he broke down and had to be retired in September.