Mr. Fitz and Eddie Arcaro also knew that the Preakness would be run like hell. They knew it because they intended all along—assuming Bold Ruler would be ready and willing—to run from the gate and just keep on running. "I've learned enough in four years about trying to manage any of those Nasrullahs," said Arcaro. "I went through enough with Nashua—trying to manage him—and now this sucker is the same way. I really figure it was my riding and nothing else that lost him the Kentucky Derby. I fought him and discouraged him and finally he gave up. There's only one way to ride Bold Ruler: let him go and do it his own way. Everyone knows the Nasrullahs have a lot of run in them. I don't think there's a horse in the country that can get the jump on Bold Ruler if I really want to bang him out of that gate. He likes to be in front. And if he likes it, that's where we're going to be and I don't think we'll have to be scared of Federal Hill or Iron Liege or any of the rest of them."
The Preakness result naturally puts Bold Ruler back at the top of the 3-year-old list until at least the June 15 mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes, where he may not only get to run against Iron Liege again, but quite likely that other potential Calumet star, Barbizon, as well. It would seem unlikely that Gen. Duke (who Hartack thinks would'have won the Preakness hands down) will have sufficient time to overcome his foot injury and train up to the Belmont in time, but there are always a few distance runners lying in wait in New York to greet the Derby and Preakness champions, and this year will be no exception. But, as Eddie Arcaro pulled away from Pimlico Saturday evening in the company of his long-standing buddies Toots Shor and Don Ameche, there was already a new confidence written across the famous Arcaro face. "I said all along that Bold Ruler was the best 3-year-old around," he remarked. "I'm as sure now as I ever was." A vaguely distant look came over the Master's features. "In fact," he added, "I'd just love one thing now. I'd like to ride that Kentucky Derby over again. I really would."