Then there were four. We’re down to the final quartet of most read stories of the year here at This Is Horse Racing and back to the most publicized annual event of the season.
Joe Clancy’s piece titled “Win Win Win’s winning attitude” prior to the Kentucky Derby checks in at No. 4 on the countdown. Published April 30, Joe’s piece recounted Win Win Win’s final workout prior to the Derby, one of the more newsworthy events leading up to this year’s Triple Crown.
Joe talked with Live Oak Plantation’s Bruce Hill, trainer Mike Trombetta and assistant trainer Sarah Shaffer, who all remarked about the colt’s competitive nature.
“He’s the alpha,” said Bruce Hill, general manager of Live Oak Stud, where the Kentucky Derby entrant was foaled. “If the red line is on 8,000 he runs about 7,200 all the time. He’s got a lot of class but there’s a little edge right there. With the wrong move it could get out of hand in a hurry.”
Joe later detailed the adventurous workout.
“While breezing Sunday at Churchill, he wanted to be, and passed Derby rivals Tacitus and Country House in the stretch and again on the gallop-out,” Joe wrote. “The on-top-of-each-other moves were not by design, just the product of a small training window after the harrowing break. The track is reserved for Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses, but everybody is on the same schedule and everybody wants a fresh track to work on. Tacitus and Country House were working five-eighths of a mile, Win Win Win and training mate Souper Courage a half. And they shared some space.
“Win Win Win (with jockey Julian Pimentel aboard) was the most aggressive but stayed wide and everybody got in their workouts. Officially, it was a half in :47.60 for Win Win Win (fourth fastest of 76 on the day). He galloped out five-eighths in 1:00.20 – only .20 slower than the full 5-furlong workout of Tacitus and Country House.”
The story appeared April 30 and is No. 4 on the TIHR Top 10 for 2019.
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