Yea that probably wouldn't have helped his confidence at all. Lionel will be my green as grass horse when he is five so I felt pushing him into the futurities just wasn't a good idea. It's not like I need to show him off for him to be a stud or have him show open with my trainer and if he makes a lot I could sell him. He's my pony and will end up going at a nice steady pace.
Hopefully I will be down there next year!!!