Prospective back on track// Russian Greek takes California Derby// Hansen works

Saturday featured two minor stakes in Florida and California. Prospective returned to winning ways in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Bumped a little in the beginning, he settled back and fired a powerful kick in the stretch.  The Sam F. Davis (G3) on the same track will be his next try// Russian Greek also closed from far back to take the California Derby at Golden Gate. He’ll most likely attempt the El Camino Real (G3) next// Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Hansen posted another breeze. Trainer Michael Maker said the Holy Bull (G3) is still the plan// I’ve compiled a list of around 45 Kentucky Derby contenders here.  This replaces the “Notable Performer” list that was populated most of last year during the Juvenile season.  The contender list will be updated and I’m sure constantly modified// Entries were drawn for the Smarty Jones S. at Oaklawn, and as expected the filly On Fire Baby will go against males for the first time.  D. Wayne Lukas entered CTD Contender Optimizer, and Dallas Stewart’s Laurie’s Rocket is another intriguing runner.

Pasco S.- Tampa Bay Downs
Winner: Prospective
Articles: DRF / Brisnet / TTimes

California Derby- Golden Gate Fields
Winner: Russian Greek
Articles: Brisnet / Bloodhorse

Smarty Jones S.- Oaklawn Park- entries


Hansen- GP- 5F- 1.01:10 B- 6/45
Dullahan- GP- 5F- 1.01:40- B- 16/45
State of Play- TP- 5F- 1.03:00- B- 18/33
Stat PMM- 4F- 49:02- B- 20/69
Consortium- PMM- 5F- 1.01:02- B- 4/21
Shared Property- FG- 5F- 1.15:80 B- 1/3
Team Six- FH- 4F- 50:00- B- 4/23
Longview Drive- SA- 4F- 48:80- H- 8/30
Canigotoo- EVT- 4F- 51:18- B- 17/61