Watch Me Go to the Derby// Jaycito absent from Lexington// J P's drama

When entries were drawn for the Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, the anticipated main attraction was missing from the small field of six.  Jaycito, who has recently assumed the role of this year’s “wise-guy” horse—more for what he hasn’t done than what he’s actually accomplished—was deemed unfit by trainer Bob Baffert.  Amazingly, he’s still pointed for the Kentucky Derby where he will run off of an eight-week layoff and questionable bruised foot.  The Lexington field does include Silver Medallion who needs a 1st or 2nd place finish to qualify for the Derby// Another graded three-year-old stakes, the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, drew a competitive field of former CTD Trackers.  While there are no Derby implications, it will be an important tune-up for Astrology whose connections hope to move on to the Preakness// Apparently The Bloodhorse has a vested interest in Blue Grass Stakes winner Brilliant Speed. They published two articles today touting his pedigree and making excuses for his poor dirt tries// Derby mount-less jockeys are in the news again and we can expect to hear much more on that as draw day nears.  Derby winners Calvin Borel, Mike Smith, and Edgar Prado, plus top money earners Ramon Dominguez, Garrett Gomez, and Martin Garcia are all in limbo// Watch Me Go, currently #21 on the Derby list, worked at Tampa Bay today and was declared headed to Churchill. His team will be rooting against Silver Medallion Saturday plus will need another defection.  Midnight Interlude, guaranteed a spot in the Derby field, put in his final California move (a bullet) before boarding a plane to Louisville// The connections of J P’s Gusto have provided the best soap opera along the Derby trail this year.  The colt has been plagued by knee-jerk decisions from his owners and trainers (emphasis on the plural) and nothing has changed close to two weeks from Derby.  Current trainer Joe Petalino had no idea of the whereabouts or Derby intentions for his horse and surmises he may no longer train him// more…

Derby Field as of April 20th:
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, Jaycito, J P’s Gusto
Outside looking in: Watch Me Go, Shackleford, Twinspired, Silver Medallion, Anthony’s Cross

The Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G3): entries, pps, video, and handicapper picks here
Jerome Stakes (G2): entries

·       Coolmore Lexington Stakes preview articles: (Keeneland) (Bloodhorse) (Brisnet) (DRF) (Courier Journal)
·       Look for Lexington winner later (The Brock Talk Blog)
·       Jerome Stakes preview articles (NYRA) (TTimes) (Bloodhorse) (Brisnet)
·       The Factor settling in at Churchill (Bloodhorse)
·       KY Derby Trail: Brilliant Speed revisited (Bloodhorse Blog)
·       Brilliant Speed: solid stamina (Bloodhorse)
·       Not a ‘Brilliant’ Blue Grass (Turf & Dirt Blog)
·       Kentucky Derby profile: Dialed In (Graded Stakes Blog)
·       No Mo appetite (Left At The Gate Blog)
·       Kentucky Derby tri is worth a try (Triple Dead Heat)
·       Triple Crown races to air on Sirius XM (Bloodhorse)
·       Pimlico open infield on KY Derby day (Bloodhorse)

·       And they’re off: pre-Derby edition (Bloodhorse)

·       Watch Me Go: TB- 1.02:60- B- 1/3
·       Midnight Interlude: SA- 5F- 59:20- H- 1/16