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Friday Morning's Derby Trail Notes


Highlights from updates to our Looking Good, Worth Watching and Just In Case pages. Refer to those pages for details.

Wayne Lukas' CHANNEL ISLE (Just In Case), fourth in the Southwest, yesterday breezed four in :50.00 (8/18) at OP. Nominated to the Grade III Spiral and Group 2 UAE Derby. No dirt next for him, and Lukas has said only tentatively that the Spiral is next.

John Sadler's DEMONIC (Worth Watching) was back on the track at Santa Anita on Thursday after a still-undisclosed ailment. He'll miss the San Felipe Stakes on March 9 as previously reported. "He’s back in training and will probably gallop tomorrow but I’ll have to chart a new course,” said Sadler.

Jerry Hollendorfer's HEAR THE GHOST (Just In Case), the San Pedro runner-up, yesterday worked seven in 1:25.40 (1/1) at BHP. The sixth work since that race. San Felipe next?

Doug O'Neill's HE'S HAD ENOUGH (Worth Watching) is going to Dubai for the Group 2 UAE Derby on March 30. It's worth $2 million.

Oscar Garcia's JUST WIN BABY was added to Just In Case after winning a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight at Santa Anita on Thursday. He was 28-1 off a 20-1 morning line and won by 2 1/2 lengths, timed in 1:44.52 under Alonso Quinones.

Todd Pletcher's PARK CITY (Just In Case) is heading to the Rebel Stakes next, according to an email from Starlight Racing.

Added Wayne Catalano's RIVER ROCKS to Worth Watching. Connections have hopes for him after a seven-furlong win at Gulfstream last week and will send him two turns at Gulfstream Park next time.

TITLE CONTENDER, second in an OP allowance on Feb. 17, is at Fair Grounds now, yesterday breezed a bullet four in :47.60 (1/51). Presumably he's still trained by Bob Baffart.

Also of note:

Watch for JOE TESS in the eleventh race on Saturday at Santa Anita. He's a 3-year-old son of Macho Uno trained by Steve Asmussen for owners George Bolton and the Stonestreet Stables. He's had four bullet works for his debut.


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