Busy Monday work tab for Kentucky Derby contenders// Secret Circle confirmed for Southwest// New rankings// more

Monday was a busy day on the work tab for Kentucky Derby contenders. Julien Leparoux was aboard early Kentucky Derby favorite Union Rags for the first time, and the duo breezed a steady 5 furlongs much to the delight of trainer Michael Matz.  Discreet Dancer and Algorithms, two other leading contenders for the Fountain of Youth (G2), also breezed at Palm Meadows and trainer Todd Pletcher seemed pleased with both.  It was an especially important move for Discreet Dancer who was absent from the worktab last week due to a fever.  All signs are a go for the Fountain of Youth, which is expected to draw a small field of six or seven// Commentary continues to trickle in on the riding change for Union Rags.  Mark Simon at Thoroughbred Times thinks it’s a blessing, and that Castellano rode Union Rags poorly in just about every race// The El Camino Real Derby (G3) Saturday looks to have a robust field and also some imported jockeys.  Leparoux and Alan Garcia are expected to ship in for the Northern California Derby prep// Bob Baffert announced via his Twitter feed that Secret Circle will indeed ship to Oaklawn for the Southwest Stakes (G3).  There were mixed signals on whether the colt would go back to one-turn racing in Santa Anita’s San Vicente or try two-turns again.  With a decision on the latter, Creative Cause will have a little bit of an easier comeback at Santa Anita.  Baffert will also ship recent maiden winner Castaway for the Southwest// Speaking of Baffert, his recent impressive maiden winner Bodemeister earned a high 99 Beyer speed figure for Saturday’s effort at Santa Anita.  He is Dan Illman’s “under the radar” prospect of the week. Of all Derby winner “requirements” that have proven to be untrue recently, it’s only a matter of time before the "never raced as a 2-year-old" factoid falls too. That rule hasn't been broken since the 1882 Kentucky Derby victory by Apollo, but some feel Bodemeister has a legitimate shot to make yet another Derby “requirement” insignificant.


Steve Haskin Derby Dozen 2/13 [with video] (Bloodhorse Blog)

Z Dager- FG- 5F- 1.01:60 B- 8/38
Mr. Bowling- FG- 5F- 1.01:20- B- 5/38
Shared Property- FG- 5F- 1.00:80- B- 3/38
Class President- FG- 5F- 1.04:40- B- 36/38
Algorithms- PMM- 4F 49:20- B- 29/68
El Padrino- PMM- 4F- 48:28- B- 8/68
Gemologist- PMM- 4F- 49:77- B- 39/68
Union Rags- PMM- 5F- 1.03:08- B- 9/12
Discreet Dancer- PMM- 5F- 1.00:90- B- 4/12
Liberty Bound- PMM- 5F- 1.00:33- B- 2/12
Hierro- SA- 5F- 1.02:60- H- 28/35
Brother Francis- SA- 4F- 51:00- H- 19/23
Daddy Nose Best- SA- 4F- 50:60- H- 18/23
Unbridled's Note- SA- 4F- 49:00- H- 9/23
Team Six- FH- 5F- 1.01:60- B- 1/1
Out of Bounds- HOL- 6F- 1.13:40- H- 3/11
Secret Circle- SA- 6F- 1.11:60- H- 1/9
Big Screen GP- 4F- 50:00- B- 46/81

Notes and bits from web and Twitter:

“Union Rags breezes 5f in 1:03. Clocker says it was the best he's looked all winter. Came home in :11 3/5, gallop out another 1/8 in :12 3/5”- Steve Haskin via Twitter