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No regrets: After Derby disappointment, Irish War Cry gets another shot at Belmont

No regrets: After Derby disappointment, Irish War Cry gets another shot at Belmont

As Graham Motion pondered what had just happened in the Kentucky Derby — why Irish War Cry had come to the top of the stretch in contention only to lose all his momentum over just a few strides — the next race, wherever it might be, was far from the trainer's mind.

"In the moments after the Derby, when you haven't run well, you don't even want to contemplate another one of these races," the plainspoken Englishman said, reflecting on the disappointment.

His first instinct was to give the talented but unpredictable Irish War Cry, who'd gone off as the second betting choice at Churchill Downs, a substantial rest. He spoke of the July 30 Haskell Invitational, named after...

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