by GT STAFF | Move over Nostradamus. In no uncertain terms, Ed Golden called the shot on the defection of 2007 Eclipse Award winner War Pass from the May 3 Kentucky Derby two weeks before it was announced that the colt was injured and would not participate in the Run for the Roses.
In the April 8-14 editions of GamingToday, Golden wrote: "He (War Pass) took what I interpret as a tell-tale mini-misstep at the quarter pole before losing the Wood Memorial in the final strides. If I were a betting man, and I am, you know, I’d wager War Pass will not make it to the Derby."
On Saturday, April 19, trainer Nick Zito announced "that X-rays had revealed a small fracture in the sesamoid in the colt’s left front ankle" and that War Pass would be on the sidelines for "a few months."
Said Golden, a featured racing columnist for GamingToday for some 15 years: "While you never want to see a horse hurt, everyone has a touch of ego and my call was fulfilling on two counts: First, for sticking my neck out and not getting it chopped off, and second, hopefully saving Future Book bettors their hard-earned money."