James McIngvale, also known as Mattress Mac, is back. Actually he was never really gone, as he was the owner of Breeders’ Cup sprint winner Runhappy who sparked his own fair share of controversy.
Mr. McIngvale purchased a slot for the inaugural Pegasus to be run next month at Gulfstream Park. It was widely thought and probably correctly assumed the spot was for Runhappy.
With Runhappy retired, Mattress Mac was faced with trying to lease or sell his slot, but that is a very questionable market. Mac, true to being a sportsman, elected to run “something”and purchased Eragon, an Argentinian bred who will be coming in for the race.
The son of of Offlee Wild is expected to start and the issue becomes does he keep a possibly more deserving horse out of the gate? Interesting thought in the myriad issues involving the inaugural Pegasus.