In the February edition of the Kentucky Derby Top 10 list from the Derby Day Racing team, War of Will impressed the voters with his victory in the Risen Star at Fair Grounds Race Course. The son of War Front moved into second place in the poll as 2-year-old Champion Game Winner retained the number one position.
Four of the top six spots are held by horses that have yet to make a start in 2019 but have the big resumes from last year. All four of those horses are expected to return to the races in March when all of the Derby preps provide the winners with enough points to get into starting gate on the first Saturday in May.
Two horses for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Hidden Scroll and Country House, are newcomers to the Top 10. Hidden Scroll impressed with his romp in a maiden special weight on a sloppy Gulfstream Park track and DDR’s Scott Dick liked what he saw.
“Hidden Scroll is the wildcard of the group,” explained Dick. “This son of Hard Spun never seemed to take a deep breath in trouncing a group of maidens in his career debut at Gulfstream Park on Pegasus World Cup Day. We’ll find out if his performance was an off-track anomaly or if he is the real deal when he takes on graded stakes company in the Fountain of Youth (G2) on March 2nd.”
Country House beat all but War of Will in the full field of the Risen Star and impressed DDR’s Brian Zipse.
“Country House is my big mover this week,” said Zipse. “After getting left at the gate and still winning his maiden at Gulfstream Park, he validated that eye-catching victory by running a strong second behind War of Will in the Risen Star. Clearly, he is still learning, as evidenced by his awful break in the maiden win, and then running extremely green down the stretch at Fair Grounds. In the hands of Bill Mott, I expect he will eventually put it all together. If so, I consider him a real threat on the first Saturday in May.”
Six other horses received votes and Tony Bada Bing has his eye on a couple of them as they continue on the Derby trail, “I am most interested in seeing Long Range Toddy, after his back to back tough as nails races at Oaklawn, run back, and if Win Win Win can take his sprinting talents around two turns in the Tampa Bay Derby next month.”
Photo of War of Will courtesy of Hodges Photography