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Q. Had he read a newspaper column criticizing him for overtraining Gen. Duke? (He had not, but, with grunts and snorts, he let it be read to him.)
A. That's a lot of nonsense. What does this mean about Gen. Duke? That I overtrained Gen. Duke? He was injured by a stone. I ain't training stones, I'm training horses. Right now Gen. Duke is in as good shape as any horse in the country, training-wise. I'm going to let that injury heal, and it's almost done that already. In a month he'll be back to the races, and then they better look out. All the best of the 3-year-olds will be standin' still and my horse will look like he's running downhill.
Q. Is it possible that you have overraced Iron Liege?
A. It is possible the same as it is possible that it's going to rain lemonade. No, Iron Liege has not been overraced. He won in Jersey, remember that. He has splint trouble. Many horses do. I could have raced Iron Liege today and he would beat these horses. But I want to rest him and let nature do its job.
Q. Why did you have Ovie Scurlock announced as Iron Liege's rider for the Jersey Stakes and have Hartack on Barbizon?
A. For three reasons, two of which I will tell you about. The first is that a trainer must be allowed certain tricks and, like a baseball manager that changes his pitchers at the last minute, it sometimes fools the opposition. The second is that Willie was feeling a little wheezy and I thought he might get sick. That would leave me without a jock. But Willie rode him anyway.
Q. Would the other reason be that at that time you thought Barbizon was coming up to a big race?
A. It might have been that—and right now that stuff falling on my head is lemonade.
Q. What races are you pointing Gen. Duke for?
A. The Arlington Classic (July 13), and I hope he can make it.