Game Winner has been the early favorite or co-favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) since last fall after completing an undefeated juvenile season. Despite going 0-for-2 this year, the colt remains the co-favorite at [custom:bovada-link] in early Kentucky Derby wagering at +500 with his stablemate Roadster.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, the colt was perfect in four starts in 2018. After breaking his maiden in his debut, he reeled off three consecutive Grade 1 wins, taking the Del Mar Futurity, American Pharoah and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
The colt won the Eclipse Award for outstanding juvenile and last December was a solid early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby at +800 at [custom:bovada-link].
After a 4 ½-month break, the colt returned in the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park, which was split into two divisions. The original plan was to stay at Santa Anita and run in the San Felipe (G2), but that race was canceled when racing was halted for three weeks due to an inspection of the racing surface after 22 equine deaths at the meeting.
Baffert had won the Rebel six times and the colt was sent off as the heavy favorite, but came up a nose short, beaten by Omaha Beach, who was making his stakes debut after breaking his maiden in his fifth career start.
Next up for Game Winner was his final prep for Louisville and again the colt was sent off as the short-priced favorite in the Arkansas Derby (G1) but came up a half-length short, beaten by his stablemate Roadster.
The colt went from a strong early favorite for the Run for the Roses to co-favorite, and it is now tough to separate the top four in the early betting, three of which are trained by Baffert.
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