Arnold Winick, who trains the second-place Fathers Image, was delighted at his colt's showing. "If I'd had one more race in him we would have won." Winick may have a point—and he has a good horse, a son of Swaps and Cosmah.
As Phipps was preparing to leave Chicago, winning Jockey Baeza was preparing to pick up his check for $19,047. If he was worried about a possible decision next year—to ride Buckpasser or Graustark—he was going to take his own time to make up his mind. As contract rider for John Galbreath he would normally be expected to ride Graustark, on whom he won the Arch Ward. But a lot can happen between now and Hialeah—and between now and next May at Churchill Downs. Would Baeza care to compare the two best 2-year-olds in the country? "You really can't compare them very well," he said in his polite, matter-of-fact way. "Graustark runs easily and wins by as much as he can. But he has only faced stakes horses once. Buckpasser doesn't do more than he has to in order to win, and we know now that no kind of track bothers him. I'm really not surprised at anything he does, because the one and most important thing is that he can really run."
Fred Hooper also knows that Ogden Phipps's horse can run. He watched the Phipps trump card win the big one, while his colt, Tinsley, ran a solid ninth all the way, beating only one horse in the Futurity. But he went home smiling anyway, because he knows, just as Ogden Phipps knows, that the wheel of fortune keeps on spinning.