Although Hail Bold King attracted shorter odds—7-2—than expected, Slew o'Gold was always the favorite. He went off at 4-5, and 2:02[2/5] minutes later he had magnificently justified his price. Hail Bold King finished out of the money.
After the race, back in barn 40, a red carnation in his halter, Slew o'Gold was contemplating the carrots that were his reward, and Hertler was happy to note that the famous frog wasn't even croaking. "He didn't give me any scare this time," the trainer said. "He walks sound, and he looks good."
"They will not beat him this year," crowed Cordero.