The Trickster Diaries/Chapter 131
A horse that is “ratable,” in thoroughbred horseracing lexicon, means a horse you can train to not use up too much energy too quickly, or behave sluggishly, early. You want to be able to control the horse’s instincts AND direct their attention.
Every trainer and every jock’s dream, but, never happens. You have to concede the horse some freedom, some creative room.
The owner, trainer, and jock conceded everything to the black horse. It was the only way to even get him onto a racetrack. Majestic as he appeared, thoroughbreds are not intelligent, courageous, or heroic. So lose the fantasy that any of them ever run to win races, set records, receive standing ovations, get flowers thrown over their necks, stare proudly at gold-plated trophies. They do what they’re told.
The only difference between Native Diver and the others was this:
He ran because he thought he could get away.
He actually believed he could.