After watching every race of every American based Kentucky Derby starter, before the scratch of Omaha Beach (our seminal piece whose message to PETA is still relevant), we were fully prepared to put that one on top. He was simply the best horse in this race, with tactical speed, and proven on a wet track. We loathe settling for the favorite in such a large field, but you can’t force these things. Now, with Omaha Beach out, the race is decidedly much more ‘wide open’.
Roadster – Tacitus – War of Will – Game Winner
Roadster, who has always looked the part for Baffert, is supposedly the most talented of his trio, and could be poised to break out in the Derby after notching his first stakes score last out in what we thought was a strong running of the Santa Anita Derby.
Tacitus has the look of a horse that could be quite special, and is continuously figuring it out. He’s faster than the speed fig of the Wood Memorial in our opinion, because he stopped giving max effort once he made the front in the top of the stretch. We believe in his ability to perform without a big setup, which he’s lucked into in both starts this year.
War of Will may be as talented as any in this group, and will be gunning to the front from the inside post. If his latest workout was any indication, he’s coming into the race in phenomenal shape, and is plenty dangerous if the pace doesn’t cook him up front.
A much the best winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill last year, Game Winner is as consistent as they come and will grind, seeing out the mile and a quarter distance as well as any. He’s plenty capable.
It’s been a blast to once again go through the KY Derby field and I’d like to thank the readers for seeing it through for two and a half weeks. Please tweet me at @PartWheel if you’d like to give any feedback. A special shout-out to Peter Thomas Fornatale, who allowed me so much space on this blog to write until my heart was content.
Enjoy the race.
Master Fencer: good luck