Bob Baffert and Joel Rosario steered old Game Winner for most of the winter circuit to the Function for the Kentucky Derby.
Game Winner dropped for the first time at his bow when nosed at the Rebel Stakes’ next division. And behind Roadster he once again finished second in the trio of Derby preps of Saturday in the Santa Anita Derby. Despite two successive play endings Game Winner stays the favorite for the Run for the Roses of May.
Game Winner stays the favorite for the Derby, due a pair of convincing variables. The next place finish from the Rebel on March 16 when a inch defeated him was his first race following having a 4??1/2 month layoff. The place ribbon he earned SoCal on Saturday was a work according his team and Baffert. Game Winner’s proprietor Gary West advised the media at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon the colt wasn’t meant to be on top of his game when he was re-directed to the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and still ran a solid second to Omaha Beach. Along with his trip and second place finish to Roadster at the Santa Anita Derby was by all measure a winning effort.
Santa Anita Park owned an day of racing on Saturday. And it was needed to keep racing in California relevant. Santa Anita reopened on March 29. The trail was shut since March 5 after a dramatic rise in horse deaths. A number that attained 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 in the SA Derby on Saturday