Monday, February 23, 2015
If you didn’t happen to handicap the 96ROCK Stakes, or look at the oddsboard beforehand, you must have watched in shock as the winner romped home in the January 31 feature at Turfway Park just about as easily as a horse can win a race. It wasn’t so much the 7 ¼-length final margin that The Great War won by that evening, but it was the way he looked cantering down the stretch that really stood out. Truly a case of barely breaking a sweat, it appeared that he could have won by 20 if asked at all in the stretch of the 6 ½ furlong stakes race. Remaining on the Turfway trail to the 2015 Kentucky Derby, The Great War will be back to thrill the local fans once again when he breaks from the far outside in an eleven horse field for the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 28 at the Kentucky racetrack.