Trainer Wesley Ward has confirmed to Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) officials that The Great War is no longer a candidate for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the track has suspended wagering on the colt, listed as #21, in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
Betting on The Great War was suspended prior to the star of Sunday’s third and final day of the third of four Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools. The pool is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern). The accompanying Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, a three-day wagering pool also in its final day, will close 30 minutes after the Derby Future pool at 6:30 p.m.
Owned by Joseph Allen, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, The Great War finished 10th as a heavy favorite in Saturday evening’s $116,450 John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park. The official Equibase chart of the race notes that Ward’s colt bled when he faded from second to finish last in the 1 1/16-mile race over Turfway’s synthetic Polytrack course.
In a telephone discussion with Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Ben Huffman on Sunday, Ward confirmed that The Great War was no longer being considered for Kentucky Derby 141, but offered no other specific information.
The Great War, a 3-year-old son of War Front, has a career record of 4-1-0 in 10 races with earnings of $250,123. He finished fourth to Texas Red in his United States debut in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) for trainer Irish-based trainer Aidan O’Brien before he was moved to Ward’s stable. He won the 96Rock Stakes at Turfway Park by 7 ¼ lengths on Jan. 31 in his only start of 2015 prior to Saturday’s Battaglia Memorial, which was won by WinStar Farm LLC’s Royal Son.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager, launched in 1999, provides racing fans with the opportunity to bet on contenders for the Kentucky Derby well in advance of the race and odds that could be much more attractive than those available on Derby Day. No scratches or refunds are allowed in the wager. Wagering on any KDFW betting interest will be suspended immediately should Churchill Downs officials confirm that the individual horse will not participate in the Kentucky Derby because of injury, illness or other circumstance.
The 141st Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs.