Secret Circle going to Arkansas// Drill pointing to San Vicente, Creative Cause may skip// Dutrow drama// Bullet for Casual Trick

The Oaklawn Park meet started Friday, which is yet another sign the Kentucky Derby Trail is about to go full swing.  Gary West covers several prospects in his article for ESPN, including three for D. Wayne Lukas who will race in Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes// Bob Baffert is strongly considering sending Secret Circle to Oaklawn for the Southwest (G3).  It’s good to see he hasn’t decided to take the colt off the trail just yet// Baffert also said Drill will probably wind up in the 7-furlong San Vicente (G2).  Drill has been well beaten in his last three stakes tries, but may already have enough in graded earnings to make the Derby gate// Creative Cause, 3rd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) had a so-so workout Friday, but trainer Mike Harrington said that’s the norm in the mornings.  Harrington is thinking twice about the San Vicente (G2) as Creative Cause’s comeback race given the expected speed horses// Rick Dutrow ran two horses in an optional claimer at Aqueduct Friday and there’s the possibility he will wheel both of them back on Monday in the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes. Dutrow’s King and Crusader wired the field in today’s race, but it was revealed he was disqualified from his previous race, the Maryland Juvenile Championship, when he was given lasix too close to post. Will this guy ever lose his license?// Dale Romans can finally celebrate Silver Max breaking his maiden.  The Romans-described “sleeper” Kentucky Derby candidate was the bridesmaid in his first five tries, but wired his competition today on turf.  

Stay ahead of herd for Derby futures (Las Vegas Review Journal)

Creative Cause- HOL- 5F- 1.01:00- H- 15/34
Drill- SA- 4F- 48:00- H- 5/36
Casual Trick- PMM- 4F- 47:38- B- 1/30
Friscan- FH- 6F- 1.15:80- B- 1/1
Fort Loudon- CRC- 6F- 1.15:00- B-1/2
Tarpy's Goal- GP- 4F- 50:45 B-21/34