Sizable fields for Arkansas Derby and Blue Grass// Two more Derby Trail withdrawals

The Factor was a made a heavy 7-5 favorite in the Arkansas Derby, which drew 13.  Saturday’s most intriguing prep includes several looking to live up to their original hype (Elite Alex, Sway Away, Brethren) and others looking to move up quickly in their first tries in stakes company as Midnight Interlude did last Saturday (Alternation, Dance City)// A full field was drawn for the Blue Grass Stakes lead by Santiva at 3-1. While the race appears competitive on paper, Santiva is the only real contender who has been mentioned in the same breath as Derby, mostly due to the others specializing in turf or artificial surfaces.  The first place check of $450,000 would push forward whoever wins, regardless of their background.  In the four runnings of the Blue Grass on Polytrack, the shortest priced winner was 8-1, so it will be interesting to see if the favorite disappoints again. Swift Warrior was expected to be entered but was injured during his three furlong workout on Wednesday// The Kentucky Derby seems to still be a very likely spot for European runner Master Of Hounds, much to the dismay of those sitting just outside the top 20 in graded earnings// Arthur’s Tale, one of those who were on the cusp, was ruled out of The Run For The Roses due to an injury// more…

4/16 Arkansas Derby (G1)- Entries, pps, race video, handicapper picks here
4/16 Blue Grass Stakes (G1)- Entries, pps, race video, handicapper picks here

·       Arkansas Derby previews: (Bloodhorse) (Brisnet) (TTimes) (Sports Network) (The Brock Talk)
·       The Factor giving owners more than they expected (Courier Journal)
·       Blue Grass Stakes previews: (Keeneland) (Brisnet) (Bloodhorse) (TTimes) (DRF) (Courier Journal) (Sports Network)
·       Master of Hounds still may be Derby bound (Bloodhorse)
·       Arthur’s Tale to miss Derby with injury (Bloodhorse)

·       Super six Derby pix (They Are Off)
·       Almost a Derby dozen (The Derby Post)

·       Astrology: SA-5F- 1.00:80- H- 21/52