Horse: Went The Day Well
Trainer: Graham Motion
Pedigree: By Proud Citizen out of a Gone West mare (Tiz Maie's Day)
Career Record: 5-2-2-0
Career Earnings: $315,345
Notable Races: G3-Spiral Stakes (1st)
Can He Win The 2012 Kentucky Derby?:
Went The Day Well began his career in Great Britain on the turf where he finished second in a couple of maiden races before shipping to America. In his last race, Went The Day Well was an easy winner of the G3-Spiral Stakes over the Polytrack at Turfway Park in Kentucky.
The big negative on Went The Day Well coming into Saturday's Derby is the fact that he's yet to race against his top rivals. His wins at Turfway and Gulfstream Park were solid races but in each instance there weren't a lot of top Derby contenders running behind him. It's certainly possible that Went The Day Well could run a big race at Churchill Downs, after all, he's a lightly raced, improving colt that should have the stamina to handle the distance. The question is: is this colt ready to run his best race on the biggest stages against the strongest field he's faced in his career?
Went The Day Well is owned by Team Valor International and trained by Graham Motion, the same owner/trainer combination as Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby.