Revolutionary has put itself in pole position for the Kentucky Derby.
The horse is fresh off a win at the 2013 Louisiana Derby. Much as in its last few races, Revolutionary, ridden by Javier Castellano, started out slowly, only to peak when it counted the most to edge ahead for the victory.
That makes it three wins in a row for Revolutionary. With the Kentucky Derby a little over a month away, Castellano and trainer Todd Pletcher have this horse in the peak of its form.
Momentum is something that can be a bit different for horse racing but not an altogether foreign concept.
Horses aren't stupid, but it's not as if the horse itself will build confidence with each win or comprehend the meaning of stringing together wins. However, it would be a great thing to be able to continue each race with the same prep as the one before.
That will inevitably get the horse to some sort of comfort level. You wouldn't want to throw off a training regimen with so little time before the Derby. The horse will be able to sense the tension and run much worse as a result.
Plus, after the win at the Louisiana Derby, Revolutionary has already secured a place at Churchill Downs. That's a huge advantage for Pletcher because the pressure of getting results in the ensuing races is now completely off. He won't be happy to have Revolutionary struggle in the races to come, but it has to feel good knowing that the Kentucky Derby is now a certainty.
In terms of resume, Pletcher is not the most decorated in horse racing. He has been to the mountaintop before, though. Pletcher led Super Saver to a win in the 2010 Kentucky Derby and also got Rags to Riches a victory at the 2007 Belmont Stakes.
Pletcher is well aware of what it takes to be able to win The Run for the Roses.
Revolutionary also has a strong pedigree, being the progeny of War Pass and Runup the Colors. Both horses were very good and championship-level bloodlines.
With the way Revolutionary has won races, you can't help but wonder what would happen if the horse managed to start as strong as it finishes. Racing is all about picking the right spots to surge, and Castellano proved adept at knowing when to push Revolutionary.
This is a horse that has everything you look for in a Kentucky Derby favorite.