Southwest may split in two, shippers arrive// Bodemeister aiming for stakes// Ten to vie in El Camino// Updated future odds

While the major racetracks have had difficulty attracting healthy fields for their noteworthy Kentucky Derby preps- five entered for the Hutcheson, six in the Withers and Holy Bull, and only four or five expected in Saturday’s San Vicente at Santa Anita- that is not a problem for Oaklawn Park and Monday’s Southwest (G3).  In fact, with possibly 21 horses pointing for the race, there is a distinct possibility the Southwest could be split into two races, both carrying a $250,000 purse and Grade 3 status.  Smarty Jones Stakes winner Junebugred, who will get some betting action in either race, worked a bullet 48 and 1 Tuesday morning.  According to trainer Steve Hobby, Junebugred has progressed from his last victory and should be a threat// The Southwest did lose one contender when trainer Larry Jones decided to keep Mark Valeski at the Fair Grounds.  He’ll have to face stablemate and Lecomte (G3) winner Mr. Bowling, and as Jones stated he’ll soon know which one is better// Ten entries are expected for the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields.  In addition to likely favorite Russian Greek there will be a filly, Lady of Fifty, who recently won the California Oaks.  Information on the other eight possible contenders can be viewed in the linked DRF article below// As expected, Bob Baffert will send impressive maiden winner Bodemeiseter to a stakes race next time out in March.  Which particular race is unknown, but that’s often the case with Baffert who keeps decisions close to the vest until days before the race// Jason Shandler discusses Javier Castellano and his agent’s decision to ride Algorithms over Union Rags and says it simply came down to trainers.  Given that Todd Pletcher is loaded with at least five serious Derby prospects, a majority ridden by Castellano, they wanted to stay on as many as possible this early in the season.  It still seems something is missing in this theory.  If Castellano chose Union Rags, would he have been pulled from Gemologist, El Padrino, and Spring Hill Farm?  None of those horses have a scheduled race that conflict with Union Rags, so there is no reason he would lose those mounts, unless Pletcher hinted he would look elsewhere// more…

3-year-olds to watch (In The Money Blog)

Future Odds

Paulick Derby Index 2/14 (Paulick Report)
Down and Derby Sweet 16 (Zipse at the Track Blog)

Souper Speedy- PMM- 5F- 1.03:22- B- 3/6
Junebugred- OP- 4F- 48:20- B- 1/8
Worthington- SUN- 5F- 1.02:40- B- 14/32
Russian Greek- GG- 4F- 49:00- H- 2/10

Weekly Speed Figures*
Top winning 3yo BRIS figs last week: Golden Ticket-103; Bodemeister-101; Fed Biz, Good Morning Diva, Thunder Moccasin, Hardened Wildcat & Panthro-97

Top winning 3yo Beyers last week: Bodemeister-99; Fed Biz-97; Thunder Moccasin-93; Panthro-90; Good Morning Diva-87; Golden Ticket & Hardened Wildcat-83;

*DerbyContenders via Twitter