Kentucky Derby: Eennie meenie miney Mo

The national press is picking up on the parity in this year’s Derby.  An ESPN article goes so far as comparing it to a local dog race and betting your favorite numbers.  We get it, it's wide open// More maybes and probably nots today.  Comma To The Top and Watch Me Go, once thought to be out of the Derby picture, are now back in the mix.  The Factor was labeled as “probable” by trainer Bob Baffert and J P’s Gusto is still a possibility according to his owners.  Meanwhile, Jaycito is still not recovering well from his foot injury and doesn’t look likely for Saturday’s Lexington Stakes or the Derby.  With all of the uncertainty and possible defections, Anthony’s Cross, currently #25 will train in hopes of making the field.  While a bland 5th place finish in his last race might not seem enticing, he has proven himself on the Churchill strip and evenly stacks up with most of the prospective field// Jason Shandler in his Bloodhorse Blog suggests not overlooking the turf and poly horses. I’m still going to do so seeing as they have proven to be inferior on dirt, even in maiden company// Todd Pletcher was in Louisville to monitor Uncle Mo’s morning gallop, in which we never really heard much about how he looked on the track and how he was actually doing.  Instead Pletcher gave more vague quotes about appetite issues (not necessarily with Uncle Mo) and the wait-and-see approach we’ll be hearing a lot about in the coming weeks// Winning Beyer speed figures from two Derby preps were increased today.  Brilliant Speed in the Blue Grass changed to 93 (from 89) and Midnight Interlude in the Santa Anita Derby is now 97 (from 95)// more…

Here is where we stand as of April 19:
In: Archarcharch, Brilliant Speed, Decisive Moment, Dialed In, Midnight Interlude, Mucho Macho Man, Nehro, Pants On Fire, Santiva, Soldat, Toby’s Corner, Twice The Appeal
Most likely in: Master Of Hounds, Stay Thirsty
50/50: Comma To The Top, Uncle Mo, Animal Kingdom, The Factor, J P’s Gusto
Most likely out: Jaycito
Out: Astrology
Outside looking in: Watch Me Go, Shackleford, Twinspired, Silver Medallion, Anthony’s Cross

Graded Stakes Earnings:
·       Official 4/18 (Churchill Downs)

·       A look at who’s looking at Kentucky Derby (Courier Journal)
·       Some 27 horses looking at Kentucky Derby (Courier Journal)
·       Pletcher keeping close eye on Uncle Mo (Bloodhorse)
·       Kentucky Derby prospect Soldat scheduled to breeze Thursday at Palm Meadows [will ship to Churchill April 30 with Dialed In] (DRF)
·       Toby’s Corner: Morning routine, step-by-step (ST Publishing)
·       The 5 top performances on the road to the Kentucky Derby (Downthestretchs Blog)
·       2011 Kentucky Derby: Dialed Ins the favorite (Zipse At The Derby)
·       Weekender pedigree: Archarcharch (Paulick Report)
·       Derby Delirium (Bloodhorse Blog)
·       Derby Dizzy (Bloodhorse Blog)
·       Sure thing? It’s a long shot (New Albany Times Union)
·       Does racing need Mo disclosure? (Paulick Report)
·       100K Derby Dream Bet Contest (NBC)

·       Super six Derby pix (They Are Off Blog)
·       From chaos comes a Top 10 (And Down The Stretch They Come)