TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Win Win Win

WIN WIN WIN (c, Hat Trick {Jpn}-Miss Smarty Pants, by Smarty Jones)
O-Live Oak Plantation. B-Live Oak Stud (FL). T-Michael Trombetta. Lifetime Record: SW & MGSP, 6-3-2-1, $367,300.
Last Start: 2nd, GI Blue Grass S., KEE, Apr. 6
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 50.

This Hat Trick (Jpn)-sired homebred has a pair of Derby-winning grandsires in his pedigree (Sunday Silence and Smarty Jones), and he started his sophomore season with a track-record score over seven furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs. He has intrigued but not truly delivered on his potential in a pair of two-turn stakes preps since then, although you could point to realistic excuses in both those efforts. In the Tampa Derby, Win Win Win was hooked five wide off the turn as the beaten fave behind upstart Tacitus, who has since gone on to convincingly win the Wood Memorial. And at Keeneland, Win Win Win was closing against the grain of a fairly potent Blue Grass Day speed bias. He has never been off the board from six lifetime starts, but then again, he’s also never won around two turns or at any other track besides Tampa or Laurel. At somewhere in the vicinity of 20-1 in the Derby, I’ve got him on my bet list as a horse to play underneath in exotics as insurance, but not as a key win threat.