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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®



By Dick Downey

This week there are several promotions and demotions, and yet more deletions as we narrow down prospects for a run in the Kentucky Derby.

Looking Good


Gemologist is back on the Looking Good list after his impressive-looking allowance win at Gulfstream Park. He's going next to the Grade I Wood Memorial.

Optimizer moves up two levels from Just In Case after a late-running second-place finish to take second in the Grade II Rebel Stakes. He has $181,375 in graded stakes earnings but may need a little more to make the Derby.

Secret Circle won the Rebel at his longest distance yet, 1 1/16 mile, and now he definitely has the earnings to make the Kentucky Derby.

Worth Watching


Adirondack King finished seventh in the Rebel and goes to our Just In Case list. He runs evenly and is looking less and less like a Derby horse. To complicate matters for his connections, he came down with colic on Sunday.

Cyber Secret moves down to Just In Case after chasing the pace, then running fifth in the Rebel. Trainer Lynn Whiting said he will need to change some things.

Reckless Jerry also moves down off his tenth-place finish in the Rebel. He would be deleted but this was an uncharacteristically poor race for him.


Atigun finished eleventh in the Rebel.

Consulado was third as the 3-5 favorite Friday in a seven-furlong allowance at Santa Anita won by a 21-1 shot.

Fed Biz is off in his hind end and off the Derby Trail.

Motor City, a gelding, was taken off the Derby Trail -- just too far behind at this point.

Night Tide, after a zillion workouts, was scratched Friday from a seven-furlong allowance at Santa Anita. Stable mate Brigand stayed in and finished second to a 21-1 shot.

Spring Hill Farm was diagnosed with a fractured knee sometime after the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby; the news was released last week.

Unbridled's Note finished last, beaten over 25 lengths, in the Rebel.

Just In Case


Finnegans Wake was a distant third in the Gotham and returned to work at Palm Meadows on Friday.

Senor Rain won a seven-furlong allowance at Santa Anita on Friday. Trainer Peter Miller said they could try to go on the Kentucky Derby. This is the same guy who annoyingly kept us in "suspense" about whether he would run Comma to the Top in last year's Derby. The two horses share one common owner, Gary Barber.


Big Blue Nation was off the board in the OBS Championship early last week.

I may regret this because D. Wayne Lukas may yet run Chalybeate Springs in another Derby prep, but he's off the list for now.

Chips All In looks like he is being turned toward a less ambitious turf campaign.

Cop a Tude finished fifth in the Private Terms Stakes at 5-2 odds on Saturday.

Hierro was off the board Friday in a seven-furlong allowance at Santa Anita after being pinned down on the rail in a short field.

Speightscity has been off the worktab since Feb. 28.

Swag Daddy finished fifth of six as the 6-5 favorite in the Broad Brush Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Three Vases was overdue for removal from this list.


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