Did Carry Back deserve the trip to Paris after this clinker, Rotz was asked. "I would ponder it greatly," was his statesmanlike reply, "depending on how much money I had and how much I thought of the sporting world. Then I'd probably decide to go. Understand, I'm prejudiced; I've never been abroad, and I'd like to go to Paris more than anything in the world."
That could have been Jack Price talking a year ago, before Carry Back wound up 10th in the large Arc field. This time Price displayed more of a sense of realism than many have given him credit for. "If the horse had run a good fourth and had been closing on his field, it would have been one thing," he said gloomily back at the barn after the race. "But he ran a bad race, and I don't know why. When he gets beaten 14 lengths, why should I now go out and spend $15,000 to go to Paris and find out if he can run as well as he did in his last race at Atlantic City? I can run him a few times here, maybe in the Trenton Handicap, and find out a lot cheaper—but not run him against Kelso. No, thanks!"
Then, as though he had just hit upon a new way to get Carry Back once again into the winner's circle, he beamed and said, "Nope, $15,000 is too much to spend for that kind of a trip. But I tell you what we will do. We'll spend $1,000 and rent a place and have a party. We'll call it A Night in Paris, and after a while some of us may not know the difference."