Bob Baffert and Joel Rosario steered three-year old Game Winner for most of the winter circuit to the favorite Function for the Kentucky Derby.
When nosed in the next branch of the Rebel Stakes, game Winner lost for the first time in his bow. And behind Roadster he again finished second in the trio of Derby preps of Saturday in the Santa Anita Derby. Despite two successive play finishes Game Winner remains the favored for the Run for the Roses of May.
Game Winner stays the favorite for the Derby, thanks a set of persuasive variables. The second place finish from the Rebel on March 16 when a inch defeated him was his first race after having a 4??1/2 month layoff. The place ribbon that he earned on Saturday in SoCal was a workout based on his staff and Baffert. Game Winner’s proprietor Gary West advised the press at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon the colt wasn’t intended to be on very top of his game when he had been re-directed into the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and still ran a solid second to Omaha Beach. Along with his wide trip and place finish to Roadster in the Santa Anita Derby was by all measure a winning campaign.
Santa Anita Park possessed an injury-free afternoon of racing on Saturday. And it was needed to maintain racing in California relevant. Santa Anita reopened on March 29. The track was closed after a rise in horse deaths since March 5. A number that reached 22 . Kentucky Derby Points (Top 5)
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Baffert’s Game Winner rests in 7th place with 85 points following his second place finish at the SA Derby on Saturday
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