The 3-year-old Discreetly Mine colt raced near the back of the 10-horse field for most of the 1 1/16-mile race before jockey Channing Hill turned him loose around the far turn. The timing was perfect, as he caught West Coast in the final stride to win by a head.
"He timed it right," Hill said. "Once I got him tipped out, where he could really stretch his legs out, he came home nice. At the eighth pole, I wasn't 100% sure I was going to get there, but he was really running on. This is a really nice colt."
Resiliency and Souper Tapit eagerly raced for the early lead into the first turn, as tight quarters caused Souper Tapit to be checked. Resiliency lead the field with fractions of :24.16 and :47.71 through a half mile.
As six furlongs went in 1:12.44, Senior Investment remained 15 lengths off the leader as West Coast, under jockey Flavien Prat, began to make a move going four wide on the final turn. Clear by a length into the stretch, West Coast continued a drive toward the wire as Senior Investment and No Dozing were closing hard on the outside. West Coast finished a neck ahead of No Dozing, who had his share of trouble in the race. Time to Travel was another 3 1/4 lengths back in fourth. The final time was 1:45.05 over a track rated fast.
"I was pretty confident," winning trainer Kenny McPeek said. "I've been trying to find a mile and an eighth race, and I had the option of taking him out of town. But I really felt like, 'OK, we're here.' He trained really good here this week. So do we work him or do we run him? So, let's say we run him.
"I really felt like a mile and an eighth would have been great for him. (Running in the) Preakness? Maybe. We'll see. We have a really good horse and we're going to have some fun."
Bred in Kentucky by Dixiana Farms, the colt is out of the stakes winning Deputy Commander mare Plaid. Senior Investment was a $95,000 purchase at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale by McPeek from the Lane's End consignment.
After breaking his maiden on his fourth try, a mile-and-70-yard event at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in December, he crossed the wire first next time out in a January allowance but was disqualified and placed last. He then scored by three lengths in an Oaklawn Park allowance but finished a non-threatening sixth in the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2). He now has three wins from eight starts with earnings of $207,080.