OwnerGary and Mary West
BreederSummer Wind Equine
SireCandy Ride (ARG)
Game Winner lived up to his lofty name as a 2-year-old last year, easily capturing all four of his starts. He even put an exclamation point on his last start of the year – the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) – when he cruised to a 2 ¼-length score in that $2 million event. His exploits earned the son of Candy Ride (ARG) divisional honors as champion 2-year-old. Unfortunately, in his return to action this spring, he was game, but not a winner. In his seasonal debut Game winner was nosed out by Omaha Beach in the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn; then he finished a half-length off stablemate Roadster in the Santa Anita Derby (G1). After a rough trip in the Kentucky Derby (G1), he was sixth, but placed fifth after winner Maximum Security was disqualified. That finish is the only time he's run worse than second in eight starts. After a few weeks away from the trenches, Game Winner did get back to his freshman form with a handy score in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) July 13 under jockey Joel Rosario and now has set his eyes on the Travers Stakes in late August at Saratoga and eventually the Breeders’ Cup Classic at his home track of Santa Anita. “I think this was a perfect race for him,” trainer Bob Baffert said of the Los Alamitos Derby. “I put the blinkers back on him because I wanted him to get a little bit more focused leaving the gate and into the race a little bit more. He was falling back a little too far. I loved the way he finished the last eighth of a mile.” Owners Gary and Mary West paid $100,000 for Game Winner as a yearling at Keeneland. The Los Alamitos victory bumped the colt's earnings over $2 million.
|July 13, 2019||Los Alamitos Derby||LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE||3||1|
|May 04, 2019||Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve||CHURCHILL DOWNS||1||6|
|April 06, 2019||Santa Anita Derby||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||2|
|March 16, 2019||Rebel S.||OAKLAWN PARK||2||2|
- August 21, 2019
The path to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1-2 is a road with plenty of ups and downs as talented racehorses vie for a spot in one of 14 championship races.
- August 20, 2019
Hronis Racing’s 4-year-old Higher Power, runaway winner of Saturday’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar, has surged to the No. 5 spot in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, while Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, winner of the Whitney (G1), has retained the No. 1 position.
- August 13, 2019
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, winner of both the Alysheba Stakes (G2) and the Whitney (G1), has retained the No. 1 position in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings for the 10th consecutive week. Trained by three-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner, Bob Baffert, McKinzie accumulated 303 votes this week, and leads Godolphin’s two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Thunder Snow (IRE) (252 votes) in second place.