Toast team proud in defeat
Last Updated: 25/08/14 10:21am
Jamie Osborne accepted Toast Of New York had produced a career-best display when second to potential superstar Shared Belief in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
The three-year-old colt, owned by Michael Buckley, got to within two and three-quarters of a length of the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained winner to justify the decision of connections to return to America.
Toast Of New York, brilliant winner of the UAE Derby in March, had previously slightly disappointed at Belmont Park in July.
Osborne said: "I say, probably, he's run the race of his life.
"He stepped up the form from winning the UAE Derby. This is probably his best performance and, sadly for us, he's just bumped into an exceptional three-year-old.
"He'll improve a bit more. I'm very proud of him - he's run a great race.
"From now on he's going to have to try something different, but he's proved he's a very good horse."
Plans remain fluid for Toast Of New York, who was ridden at Del Mar by Victor Espinoza, although the Dubai World Cup remains a long-term objective.
Osborne said: "We've all sorts of ideas. The Dubai World Cup is obviously a massive target for next year, but I'll have to talk to Michael.
"Do we try him on dirt beforehand? Do we bring him to the Breeders' Cup? There's all sort of options, but he's only three with a big future and maybe he can come back here (California).
"There's no reason to think he won't go on dirt. If he does, just think of the fun we could have with him."
Shared Belief was the leading two-year-old in America last season but missed this year's Triple Crown races with a foot injury.
He is now set for a possible showdown with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 1.
Jockey Mike Smith said: "He's a special horse.
"I heard someone say this might be the coming out of a superstar.
"I think now this horse deserves that accolade."
Hollendorfer said: "When you have horses run in these big races, everybody wants to dissect them and be critical.
"What people were wondering was whether he he come down to Del Mar and handle the mile and a quarter.
"He answered that question. There'll be other horses and other races in the future, and we'll be under the microscope again."