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Saturday Morning's Derby Trail Notes


“The outside post can be a challenge, but we’ll let Johnny worry about that,” said assistant trainer Ginny DePasquale of CAPO BASTONE (Worth Watching). “Fortunately it’s a mile and an eighth.”

John Sadler's DEMONIC'S (Worth Watching) workout Friday was his first recorded move in two weeks, five in 1:01.20 (7/20) at BHP. Time getting tight on Derby Trail.

Trainer Mark Casse said he was not pleased with the ride DYNAMIC SKY (Worth Watching) got in the Tampa Bay Derby. Casse said the colt will breeze on Sunday and is pointed to the Blue Grass Stakes on April 13.

FRAC DADDY'S (Worth Watching) breeze Friday was his fourth since getting back in the groove, five in 1:00.20 (2/16) at GP. Trainer Ken McPeek on Frac Daddy: "He's a big, immature colt. He's a big Baby Huey."

Dallas Stewart's GOLDEN SOUL (Worth Watching) worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 (1/2) Friday. He was timed from the 5 1/2-furlong pole to 7 1/2-pole. Fair Grounds clockers caught the seven-furlong gallop-out in 1:27.00

McPeek on JAVA'S WAR (Worth Watching): "He is, I think, bred more for grass than the dirt. He's small, almost feminine. He's got a great mind."

Why Todd Pletcher likes PALACE MALICE (Worth Watching): “Palace Malice is a horse we’ve always liked a lot. We’ve had high hopes for him from the beginning, and hopefully there is more to come. He got a little further back than I would have liked in his first two-turn race (the Risen Star), but we did finish in front of Oxbow in that race, and he went on to run real well when a close second in Oaklawn’s Rebel the other day."

Pletcher on REVOLUTIONARY (Looking Good): “After that last race in New York, we decided to ship Revolutionary to South Florida because of the better weather and the easier ship from South Florida to just about anywhere this time of year. We decided awhile back that the Louisiana Derby would make the most sense for him because he has a tendency not to break real sharply and that the long stretch at Fair Grounds would help overcome that. He’s not a bad gate horse; he just doesn’t do it very quickly.

SPEAK LOGISTICS (Worth Watching) breezed today at Calder (official Equibase time unavailable at this post) and may go to the Blue Grass instead of the Wood Memorial. He missed a breeze last weekend.

Casse on STAR CONTENDER (unlisted) in today's Rushaway Stakes: “He’s been off a little whil, but he won the stake at Woodbine. He could go to the Blue Grass if does well here.”

Casse on UNCAPTURED (Looking Good): "I've trained him pretty hard," the trainer said today, also commenting that the colt should be close to a top performance in the Spiral, but "we need a good race today, we don't have to win." Casse won't be at Turfway today.

VYJACK'S (Looking Good) work Friday was his second since winning the Gotham and was a bullet five in :59.00 (1/4) at AQU. One more breeze before the Wood.


Churchill Downs has Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks seating available. It's the new Section 110 on the track’s first turn. They include a new offering of approximately 600 seats located under cover, brought to you by Stella Artois, the official beer of the Kentucky Derby.
Offered this year for the first time, Section 110 will provide Derby and Oaks fans with the iconic “Clubhouse Turn” (or first turn) view of the Twin Spires from stadium-style seats. All tickets for Derby and Oaks seating in Section 110 offer on-site hospitality that includes food and drink, easy access to wagering and restrooms.
Section 110 offers a pair of two-day ticket options: Seating Under Cover $799 per person. Open-Air Seating $698 per person. Click on the red “tickets” button when you visit the online box office at www.KentuckyDerby.com.
General admission tickets for both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks also can be purchased through the online box office at prices lower than the walk-up purchase price on respective day of those events. Kentucky Derby general admission tickets are $40 each (as opposed to $50 on race day) and the Oaks price is $25 ($30 on race day).

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