High-Traffic Derby Workout Pits Win Win Win Against Tacitus, Country House

An interesting scenario played out during the Kentucky Derby/Oaks training session this morning at Churchill Downs. The Bill Mott-trained pair of Kentucky Derby contenders Tacitus and Country House broke off to work at nearly the same time as Mike Trombetta trainee Win Win Win and his workmate Super Courage, and the group hooked up in the stretch to race to the wire together.

Country House was on the inside, flanked by Tacitus, as the pair broke off to work at the five-eighths pole. Up ahead Win Win Win was preparing to break off at the half-mile pole on the outside of his Super Courage. The quartet hit the half-mile pole together, but the Bill Mott trainees took the lead by about two lengths around the bend.

Turning toward the wire Win Win Win and his workmate ranged up outside Tacitus and Country House, with Win Win Win going four wide. Down the lane Win Win Win awaited his cue, and when urged on in the final furlong he doggedly ran down the leading pair to hit the wire a length in front. Country House was a head in front of Tacitus at the finish line, and while galloping out, Win Win Win was determined to stay ahead of the Mott trainees.

The official times for the works were:

  • Tacitus and Country House went five furlongs in 1:00, with splits of 12.20, 24.20, 35.80, 48 and galloping out in 1:12.80, 1:26 & 1:39.80.
  • Win Win Win worked a half in :47.60 with splits of 24.20, 36 and galloped out in 1:00.20.
  • Super Courage was given an official time of :48.20.

“When you first see them, you hope that they don’t drop over in front of you, because we had already started our work before the five-furlong pole,” Mott told drf.com. “But the other team did a very good job, they were very courteous, they stayed out and let us continue our work, and then they swung wide and the one horse joined up with us finishing up. It turned out great. It didn’t do any harm to us. I’ll commend Julian Pimentel – he worked Win Win Win, and he was courteous and did a great job. It worked out well for everybody, I think. It probably worked out just as well for them as it did for us.”

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