Life is Good
OwnerWinStar Farm, LLC & CHC Inc.
JockeyIrad Ortiz Jr
BreederGary and Mary West Stables Inc
Life is good for the connections of Life Is Good. An odds-on favorite in all five career starts, he’s only lost one race, and that was by a neck.
The 3-year-old bay started the year by beating second-place Medina Spirit, who went on to win the Kentucky Derby (G1), in two races at Santa Anita. First, Life Is Good finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Medina Spirit in the Sham Stakes (G3). His win in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) was much more decisive: he romped home ahead of the field by 8 lengths.
These convincing wins led bettors to select him as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby in one of the Future Wager pools. However, he suffered a hind-end ankle injury during training, and he was sidelined for the remainder of Triple Crown season.
His comeback race, under new trainer Todd Pletcher, unfolded to be one of the top races of the year: Saratoga’s H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes (G1). Life Is Good led until the top of the stretch, when Jackie’s Warrior, one of the nation’s top sprinters, overtook him. Life Is Good re-rallied, and the two horses battled it out to the finish. Jackie’s Warrior won by a neck, handing Life Is Good his first loss.
Life Is Good bounced back and won the Kelso Handicap (G2) by 5 1/2 lengths, affirming his near-perfect record while facing older horses for the first time.
"We were very pleased with the way he ran. He seemed to settle pretty nicely," Pletcher said.
He is pointed to the Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Nov. 6 at Del Mar.
Life Is Good’s sire is Into Mischief. He is owned by CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm.