Bob Baffert and Joel Rosario steered three-year old Game Winner for the Majority of the winter circuit into the favorite role for the Kentucky Derby.
When nosed at the next division of the Rebel Stakes game Winner lost for the first time at his bow. And in Saturday’s trio of Derby preps he again finished second behind Roadster. Game Winner stays the favorite for May’s Run for the Roses.
Game Winner remains the favorite for the Derby, thanks a set of variables. The second place finish in the Rebel on March 16 when a long inch defeated him was his first race following having a 4??1/2 month layoff. The next place ribbon that he earned on Saturday SoCal was a work based on Baffert and his staff. Game Winner’s owner Gary West told the press at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon the colt was not intended to be at the top of his game when he had been re-directed into the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and ran a strong second to Omaha Beach. Along with place finish and his trip to Roadster in the Santa Anita Derby was measure a winning effort.
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 trail was shut 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 after his second place finish in the SA Derby on Saturday