By Dick Downey
Updated 7:37 a.m. in re: Den's Legacy
With Tuesday's announcement that Verrazano is going to the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, it seems timely to survey several leading names on the Kentucky Derby Trail and where they may race next.
Jay Privman of DRF.com broke the news about Verrazano, trained by Todd Pletcher. Whether this will result in a short field in Tampa remains to be seen.
Violence, also trained by Pletcher, is still on target for the Grade II Fountain of Youth stakes on Feb. 23.
Mentioned about three weeks ago by Pletcher as possible for the Grade II Risen Star on Feb. 23, the trainer told Privman on Tuesday that the Grade II Rebel Stakes on March 16 is next for Delhomme.
Pletcher, with a barn full of talent, has been preparing Grade II Remsen winner Overanalyze at Palm Meadows for the Grade III Gotham Stakes on March 2.
Revolutionary, who put in an electric late run to win the Grade III Withers, is now at Palm Meadows will await either the Grade I Wood Memorial, Grade I Florida Derby or Grade II Louisiana Derby in all probability. Pletcher is keeping his options open while trying to keep his talent separated.
Pletcher's Palace Malice is headed to the Risen Star, where he'll be ridden by Rosie Napravnik.
One horse from the Pletcher stable not getting much attention these days is Capo Bastone. Unraced since finishing third in the grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile, he doesn't have a next-race plan to our knowledge. He was mentioned for the Hutcheson Stakes, but he wasn't entered in it. He's been working steadily at Palm Meadows all year. The Fountain of Youth?
While we are waiting for Itsmyluckyday to put in a recorded workout following his brilliant win of the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes, the Grade I Florida Derby on March 30 remains the target for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr.. The same goes for Shanghai Bobby, trained by Pletcher and second in the Holy Bull.
Bob Baffert will again use the strategy of evaluating his potential Kentucky Derby horses and shipping the ones that are doing well out of town. But his top 3-year-old, Flashback, remains on track to stay at home for the Grade II San Felipe on March 9.
Baffert's Carving is headed to the Grade III El Camino Real Derby on Saturday. Code West will go to the Risen Star, and Super Ninety Nine will ship to Monday's Grade III Southwest Stakes.
Den's Legacy, second in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis, waiting to see.
Falling Sky, winner of the Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 2, has been mentioned as probable for either the Tampa Bay Derby or the Gotham, both on March 2; or the Rebel two weeks later.
We will know soon enough what route Doug O'Neill takes with Goldencents. The San Felipe has been named as the target, but O'Neill has held open the possibility of Monday's Southwest stakes. Entries for that race close Saturday.
Normandy Invasion, drained by Chad Brown, has put in a steady string of workouts at Palm Meadows since Jan. 6 in preparation for the Risen Star.
We're still waiting to see the first workout of the year for Grade II Kentucky Jockey club winner Uncaptured. Trainer Mark Casse said on Feb. 1 that the colt would "begin breezing on the farm next week."
Among other horses maintained on our lists at The Downey Profile, here are more next-race plans.
Dominick Schettino's Always in a Tiz to the Southwest.
Tim Ice's Brown Almighty to the Southwest.
Graham Motion's Cerro to the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes on March 3.
Look for Brown's Balance the Books or Noble Tune, or possibly both of them, in the Palm Beach.
John Sadler's Demonic to either the Grade II San Vicente on Feb. 17 (possible) or San Felipe on March 9 (probable).
Departing, trained by Al Stall, Jr. and not early-nominated to the Triple Crown, to the Risen Star.
Casse's Dynamic Sky to the Tampa Bay Derby, unless the presence of Verrazano prompts a change in plans.
Mahmoud Al Zarooni's Fortify in Thursday's Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas.
Kenny McPeek's Frac Daddy to an unspecified race after two more workouts.
Eddie Kenneally's Honorable Dillon to a two-turn stakes race yet to be named.
Eddie Kenneally's Majestic Hussar to the Fountain of Youth? He's been absent from the worktab since Feb. 2.
Tom Amoss' Mylute next in the Risen Star.
Shug McGaughey's Orb possibly to the Fountain of Fouth. Connections say they can't find a "non-winners of two" allowance race.
Wayne Lukas' Oxbow to the Risen Star.
Steve Asmussen's Proud Strike to the Risen Star.
Jane Cibelli's Purple Egg being pointed to the Tampa Bay Derby.
Baffert's Shakin It Up due to a race any time now.
Plesa's Speak Logistics presumably to the Tampa Bay Derby.
Danele Durham's Texas Bling to the Southwest.
Ron Ellis' Treasury Bill to the Grade II San Vicente stakes.
Lukas' Will Take Charge in the Southwest.
Jerry Hollendorfer's Zeewat to Saturday's El Camino Real Derby.
Disclaimer: Not intended to be a complete list; the focus has been on some of the leading names on the Derby Trail. For more information, please visit our Looking Good, Worth Watching and Just In Case pages.