Baffert Trainees Roadster, Game Winner Breeze At Santa Anita

by | 04.20.2019 | 3:53pm
Roadster breezes at Santa Anita on April 20

Two members of Bob Baffert's Triple Crown Trifecta, Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster and champion Game Winner, each worked this morning for the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4.

Roadster worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:13.60, while Game Winner went five furlongs in 1:00.80. Jockey Martin Garcia was aboard for both drills.

“I'm really happy with them,” Baffert said with enthusiasm. “There's always a lot of anxiety this time of year getting ready for the Derby, but so far, so good.”

Baffert is seeking his sixth triumph in the Run for the Roses. In addition to Roadster and Game Winner, he also has Improbable poised to run in the first jewel of the Triple Crown, which he captured twice in the last three years, with American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify last year.

Toss in favored Omaha Beach trained by Richard Mandella, and this year's top four Kentucky Derby choices are based at Santa Anita, which was the home of four of the last seven winners—Nyquist, 2012; American Pharoah, 2015; I'll Have Another, 2016; and Justify, 2018.

Both colts will have one more work before the Run for the Roses, but its location will depend on the weather in Louisville next weekend.

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