Justify finally broke Apollo’s Curse last year, becoming not only the first horse since Apollo to win the Kentucky Derby unraced as a 2-year-old, but the first unraced 2-year-old to win the Triple Crown.
Could another late bloomer emerge as a Kentucky Derby favorite?
Yesterday, in the Pegasus World Cup undercard at Gulfstream, a horse named Hidden Scroll stunned the crowd with a dominating maiden win in the fourth race.
The muddy conditions were no problem for the son of Hard Spun, who led from start to finish, lengthened his lead to seven lengths over the struggling field entering the homestretch, and went under the wire 14 lengths ahead of High Amplitude.
The Beyer score for Hidden Scroll was an amazing 104, equal to Justify’s debut win last year and fast for such an early race. The win has everybody talking about the horse, which was not on anyone’s radar before yesterday.
The Beyer figure was slightly better than Win Win Win’s 99, who broke his maiden last week in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
The horse, ridden by Julian Pimentel, broke slowly but gained ground until he made his move with a quarter of a mile to go. He quickly left his competitors in the dust, cruising to a 7 1/4-length victory. It was his first win in two tries.
However, it may be too early to tell whether Win Win Win can duplicate his performance. Last year, World of Trouble won the Pasco by 13 3/4 lengths, winning by the same margin in the Florida Sire Stakes before switching to the turf after disappointing finishes in Derby prep races. He has since proven to be a great turf horse, finishing second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Next up for Win Win Win: it might be the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes Feb. 9.