The Factor returns to track for first time since surgery, uncertain for Kentucky Derby// Nehro, Comma work

The backside whispers of The Factor recently undergoing minor surgery for flipping his soft palate turned out to be true as Bob Baffert confirmed to the Daily Racing Form on Monday.  The Factor was out on the Churchill Downs track for his first gallop since the myectomy and appeared to be moving well.  As for entering him in the Derby, Baffert was non-committal and opened the door for just about every possible next race scenario: Derby, Preakness, Met Mile, sprint, and "insert race name here"// While Nehro’s official workout was clocked at a slow 1:02.80, Mike Welsch claims the colt looked comfortable on the muddy Churchill track.  He did have his head cocked towards the infield and had to navigate through some traffic nearing the finish. In the workout report video he also touches on several key works and observations from the last few days.  Interesting notes are that Stay Thirsty and Pants on Fire did not gallop out very well and Archarcharch didn’t seem to like the muddy surface. Most impressive of all to him was Soldat last Thursday at Palm Meadows// No word on Comma To The Top’s workout at Hollywood.  The final time was not quick, but no other details available at the moment.

J P’s Gusto is still possible for the Kentucky Derby and a decision should be announced by Wednesday// Mike Watchmaker handicaps this year’s Derby preps, which offers a unique angle.  Although the lowest odds are not for the Arkansas Derby, he does note it as his first preference, which I would agree// There is still an outside chance Master Of Hounds will race this Saturday in the Two Thousand Guineas as opposed to the Derby// Uncle Mo and Midnight Interlude are scheduled to work at Churchill Tuesday (weather permitting)// An updated graded earnings list is linked below and Astrology is back on, although as we reported yesterday he is still doubtful for the Derby//

Several nice background articles today: Brilliant Speed’s upbringing at Live Oak Stud, Rosie Napravnik’s confidence and success in Louisiana, and breeder Carole Rio’s tales of Mucho Macho Man// more…

Graded Earnings
·       Official Graded Earnings April 24 (Churchill Downs)

·       April 25th training report (Brisnet)
·       Nehro splashes an easy five furlongs [with video] (DRF)
·       Mucho Macho Man was born to run (Steve Haskin Bloodhorse Blog)
·       Days of wine and Rosie [Napravnik] (Gambit)
·       Rain puts damper on training (DRF)
·       Derby prep handicap (Mike Watchmaker DRF Blog)
·       Derby fate on collision course for Asmussen (Dan Munn Blog)
·       Down the stretch they come (Sports Network)
·       Too much talk (ESPN)
·       For keeping the Triple Crown easy (Horse Race Insider)
·       Brilliant Speed earns shot at Kentucky Derby (Ocala Star Banner)
·       Odds and ends (Left At The Gate Blog)
·       I like Nehro because… (Zipse At The Derby)
·       Adios Charlie! Hello Preakness? (Big A Confidential)
·       HRTV’s Derby coverage begins April 30 (Bloodhorse)

·       Nehro: CD- 5F- 1.02:80- B- 10/11 (Sloppy)
·       Comma to the Top: HOL- 5F- 1.02:40- B- 30/39

·       AP Top 10 (AP)
·       TCI Top 20 (Bloodhorse)
·       Thoroughbred Times Top 10 Poll 4/25 (TTimes)
·       Celebrity Top 10- Terry Bradshaw (Courier Journal)