TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Game Winner

GAME WINNER (c, Candy Ride {Arg}Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy)
‘TDN Rising Star’. O-Gary & Mary West. B-Summer Wind Equine (KY). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $110,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 4-4-0-0, $1,496,000.
Jan. 8 TDN Top 12 Rank: 1
Last Start: 1st, GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile , CD, Nov. 2
Accomplishments Include: 1st, GI American Pharoah S., SA, Sept. 29; 1st, GI Del Mar Futurity, DMR, Sept. 3
Next Start: Uncommitted
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 30.

When trainer Bob Baffert aims a top sophomore on a two-race prep path prior to the Kentucky Derby, he’s not just thinking about the Derby itself. The two-time Triple Crown-winning conditioner’s longer-term intent is to prepare his A-list candidates for the rigors of three Classic races in a five-week span, and last week Baffert was able to tick off a list of qualities that ‘TDN Rising Star’ Game Winner has in his favor that could enable that plan to come to fruition. In an XBTV shred row interview, Baffert said this $110,000 KEESEP Candy Ride (Arg) colt possesses a large physical frame, a good mind, and a demeanor that doesn’t ruffle easily when going about his business in the mornings and afternoons. “The good ones, they know they’re good. He’s like a man against boys when he walks into the paddock,” Baffert said while the newly crowned juvenile champ insistently nudged him for pocketed treats. “I think he has enough foundation in him now,” Baffert explained, noting that the colt’s three published workouts so far in 2019 have been interspersed with plenty of two-mile jogs. Game Winner is still more than a month away from his next start in the GII San Felipe S. on Mar. 9, which presumably would be followed by a try in the GI Santa Anita Derby on Apr. 6.