It would be a narrow Northlands Park win in the Western Canada, before The Spinmeister would washout in the paddock prior to his next test in the Ky Alta... He'd then rebound nicely to win going away in the Count Lathum to complete his road to the Derby.
"Pulling up after his last race he wasn't even blowing," explained Espitia. "He did it for fun!"
That victory was also when K Days was on the go... All that excitement in the parking lot, next to the track, can sometime get a young horse off their game.
"Yes the carnival was going on... And he was looking at the rides... He was having fun," says Espitia. "His ears were all over the place and he wasn't paying too much attention to what he was doing coming down the stretch, but he was still pulling away from his competition."
Espitia would be a runner-up second with The Visualiser in the 2006 Derby and he's thinking The Spinmeister will be a huge part of the race this Saturday. "For a three-year-old - he's one of the best I've ever been on," he said confidently. "He's come back great after his last race and he worked perfect the other day... He's going into the Derby the best he can be!"
He's the local hopeful... He's the hometown fave... He's The Spinmeister leaving from "the lucky number 9" gate - as was quoted by the connections when selecting their post position on Wednesday morning... And he's never been better than he is right now. Watch out for this talented Rob Chabot trainee on Saturday!