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A REAL PLEASURE ONCE AGAIN
William Leggett
August 30, 1976
In eclipse since his stunning defeats in the Derby and the Preakness last spring, Honest Pleasure roared back to top form in the venerable Travers at Saratoga. Now he's ready once more to challenge Bold Forbes for 3-year-old honors
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August 30, 1976

A Real Pleasure Once Again

In eclipse since his stunning defeats in the Derby and the Preakness last spring, Honest Pleasure roared back to top form in the venerable Travers at Saratoga. Now he's ready once more to challenge Bold Forbes for 3-year-old honors

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They straightened out in the stretch for the run to the wire, and Perret whacked Honest Pleasure with his whip. The colt responded. He opened his lead over long-shot Romeo, ridden by Baeza, to three lengths and then, at the finish, to four. It was Majestic Light who faded this time, finishing seventh in the eight-horse field, just behind McKenzie Bridge. And no wonder. Honest Pleasure's time for the Travers was a blistering 2:00[1/5], not only a new stakes record but also by four lengths the fastest mile and a quarter ever run at Saratoga.

Bold Forbes was still in his barn, still the 3-year-old horse of the year, pending further developments (which could turn out to be syndication and an early departure from competition to stud duties). But Honest Pleasure was back—his earnings up to $734,439—and the possibility existed, slim though it might be at the moment, for another mano a mano showdown between the two in the fall. That would determine, once and for all, which is the better colt.

"I haven't really made up my mind which way to go with him," said Jolley Saturday evening. "I could put him on the grass and aim him for the United Nations and the Man o' War and maybe the Canadian International. Or I could send him into the fall races against older horses, like the Woodward, the Marlboro Cup and the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

"We'll see."

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