Interest builds for Saturday Derby preps// Another impressive Pletcher 3YO// New rankings and picks from around web

You can see the beginning signs of Derby fever in the horseracing world with the steady stream of articles, blogs posts, and twitter feeds related to Saturday’s preps.  Interest will further rise if one of the races produces a dominating well-bet winner, and several horses are capable of such a performance. Alpha, Liaison, Rousing Sermon, Sky Kingdom, Ecabroni and Reveron could all move to the top shelf next to Union Rags, Algorithms, El Padrino, Creative Cause, and Hansen with a convincing win.  Get all the info you need on the Withers, Sam F. Davis, and Robert Lewis Stakes here// Todd Pletcher looks to have another 3-year-old to watch in Raconteur, who won a first level allowance at Aqueduct.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the Gotham (G3) next out// Jeremy Plonk believes El Padrino is the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner as long as he gets the earnings to enter.  I don’t mind the bold statement, but disagree in making the case using a 2-length allowance win over a sealed track.  Regardless, he’s an exciting colt to watch// Steve Haskin released his first “Derby Dozen” which is always an informative read.  He has Creative Cause at a surprising #1 (currently #2 in CTD Top 5) and makes good points why the colt should be discussed more in Derby conversations. 

Race page with PPs, race replays, articles and picks for Withers (G3), Sam F. Davis (G3), and Robert Lewis (G2) here


Steve Haskin Derby Dozen (Bloodhorse Blog)
Wireplayers Derby Dozen (Wireplayers Blog)
Derby Dozen (Chicago Now)

Withers: Thorofan Blog
Robert Lewis: Ragozin Insider (TTimes)

Majestic Stride- OP- 5F- 1.06:80- B- 19/20
Stat- PMM- 5F- 1.00:70- B- 3/11
Souper Speedy- PMM- 4F- 52:22- B- 22/22
Mr. Style- PMM- 3F- 38:12- B- 2/3
Night Tide- SA- 6F- 1.12:80- H- 2/22
Il Villano PMM- 5F- 1.01:98- B- 7/12

Notes and bits from web and Twitter:
Eddie Kenneally: Coolmore's Giant's Causeway MDN Battle Hardened -- cross-entered in GP 9 -- will run in TAM's G3 Sam F. Davis Saturday- Steve Byk via Twitter

Blingo: 37.20, 1:01.40 to the wire. Out big 1:13.20. Dude can cover some serious ground- ClockerDH via Twitter