Roadster ‘Pretty Fit,’ Game Winner ‘Awesome’ In Final Works

by | 04.26.2019 | 4:24pm
Roadster works at Santa Anita on April 26

Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster and champion Game Winner, two-thirds of Bob Baffert's Talented Triple Crown Triumvirate, each had his final major workout this morning for next Saturday's 145th Kentucky Derby, in which the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer will be seeking his sixth victory.

Working in company after the 6:45 a.m. renovation break, Roadster went six furlongs in 1:13.80, while Game Winner covered seven furlongs in 1:27 after the 7:45 break, each horse with jockey Martin Garcia in the irons.

Once On Whiskey worked with Roadster and was clocked in 1:01.20 for five furlongs. Show Me Da Lute worked with Game Winner, getting five furlongs in 1:00.60. Both Roadster and Game Winner were inside their workmates.

“I had them inside just to keep the pressure on,” Baffert explained. “That way I can control their works.

“I loved the way he went,” Baffert said of Roadster. “Martin said he felt great and didn't take a deep breath. That's one thing about this horse—he'll go a mile and a quarter. We just don't know how fast. He handles a deep track, and the really good ones will do that.

“He'll be fit when he leaves here, because I think the Santa Anita Derby got him pretty fit. After that, I could see a big change in him. He really needed that race.

“As soon as I told him to pick it up, he took off. He was controlling the work and just cruising along . . . if the horse is good enough, he's ready.

“Game Winner looked awesome; it was perfect,” added Baffert, scheduled to leave for Kentucky at noon today, with the two horses set to depart early Saturday and join stablemate Improbable, already bedded down at Churchill Downs.

“Now it's a matter of getting the trio to the gate healthy and safe. Strategy will be in the hands of fate. “They all have different styles,” Baffert said. “They're not going to get in each other's way. Now we have one more stressful moment. That's the draw.

“Then it's time for the mint juleps.”

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