Santa Anita Derby complexion changes// Uncle Mo set for Saturday workout?// More blinkers for Arkansas Derby

The Derby trail lost a big one today in Premier Pegasus, who suffered a hairline fracture during a Thursday gallop.  Not only was his last race in the San Felipe spectacular, but his connections offered an intriguing story for the always layered Kentucky Derby picture. As far as hype, he was pegged as a top 3 candidate in most polls and considered a legitimate challenger to Uncle Mo. Now as the Daily Racing Form explains, the Santa Anita Derby is a “whole new race”// Mike Watchmaker points out that Uncle Mo’s low Beyer speed figure from his last race is still faster than any Beyer earned by his upcoming competition in the Wood Memorial.  Sounds like he just has to show up// Add Sway Away as yet another possible entry in the Arkansas Derby who will try blinkers.  He joins Elite Alex and J P’s Gusto as horses that will try the hood in hopes to change their luck// Shackleford and Stay Thirsty were the latest Derby hopefuls to settle in at Churchill Downs// more…

Wood Memorial (G1): Entries, PPs, video, and articles here
Santa Anita Derby (G1):  Entries, PPs, video, and articles here
Illinois Derby (G3): Entries, PPs, video, and articles here

·       Video: Uncle Mo exclusive: On The Derby Trail (The Big A Confidential)
·       Facts and factoids about the Wood Memorial field (Downey Profile)
·       Connections comment on Santa Anita Derby chances (Downey Profile)
·       Radio coverage of Santa Anita Derby (Bloodhorse)
·       Kentucky on the minds of Illinois Derby starters (Chicago Sun-Times)
·       Illinois Derby attracts 12 (Zipse at the Derby)
·       Illinois Derby means Run For Roses is around corner (Morris Daily Herald)
·       After prep races, Derby picture will remain murky (Washington Post)
·       McLaughlin still has Derby on radar for Soldat (Times Union Blog)
·       Kentucky Derby Report 4/7 (Brisnet)

Handicapper Picks:

·       Sway Away: OP- 6F- 1.12:60- B- 1/1