Hard Way ran third in the handicap yesterday at Longchamp, a pretty solid performance in the 20-horse field. He was stuck fourth on the rail for most of the race, and the pace was crawling, which didn’t suit him very well. But he finished like a bomb, showing he can handle the shorter distance of 2,400 meters. He was taking on much better company this time, and it was very cool to be in the money on Arc weekend. He handled the commotion and the crowd (there actually was one) very well. Now I can relax a bit and go back today to enjoy watching the Big Horses in the Arc. Can’t wait to see Sea the Stars in the flesh!