Peter Miller

Game Winner wins Grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity

Game Winner wins Grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Chief Executive Officer Joe Harper presented a trophy to Rancho Santa Fe residents Mary and Gary West (pictured) after their colt, Game Winner, won the Grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3.

Game Winner rallied in the stretch to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths over Rowayton, while the favorite, Roadster, was an additional half-length behind in third. The winner - with Mario Gutierrez in the saddle - was timed in 1:23.18 for 7 furlongs over the dirt surface.

“He (trainer Bob Baffert) told me, ‘You know how to ride good horses; go ahead and ride him like you can,’ ” Gutierrez said. “He said he wanted me to give him a little help out of the gate, then...