Fed Biz latest off Derby trail/ El Padrino quick in work// No one scared of Union Rags?

We shouldn’t be surprised seeing as it happens every year and practically on a weekly basis along the Derby trail, but when a highly regarded contender is ruled out it stings every time.  Fed Biz, a lightly raced yet ultra impressive maiden and allowance winner needs time off due to a hind leg injury and will miss the Kentucky Derby.  Although he sat at $0 on the Graded Earnings list (updated below), Fed Biz would have been among the favorites in his next Derby prep try// Not sure if it’s prestige, timing, convenience, or inside politicking, but the Florida Derby (G1) is looking like a ridiculously contentious spot and inevitable key race for the Kentucky Derby.  Led by Derby favorite Union Rags, the race could feature top contenders El Padrino and Alpha along with respected Take Charge Indy and News Pending.  Logically you would think El Padrino would fly back to Louisiana and Alpha back to Aqueduct- racetracks they have mastered and million dollar preps that don’t feature Union Rags- however their experienced trainers seem to not be concerned with running into a potential buzz saw// The always odd OBS Sales stakes card took place today.  Several graded earners that looked more promising last year than this year, Vexor and Big Blue Nation, failed to fire. First time starter Crafty Unicorn beat the latter in the 1 1/16 mile stakes// Steve Haskin released his always informative Derby Dozen.  He has Creative Cause in the top spot// more…

Graded Earnings
Updated Graded Earnings List (Churchill Downs)

Updated Contender List
CTD Contenders updated 3/12 (Chasing The Derby)



Swag Daddy- AQU- 5F- 1.00:11- B- 1/5
I'll Have Another- HOL- 1M- 1.42:60- H- 1/1
Stoney Fleece- SA- 5F- 1.01:00- H- 10/28
Drill- SA- 4F- 50:20- H- 16/21
Discreet Dancer- PMM- 4F- 49:44- B- 22/40
Windsurfer- PMM- 4F- 49:03- B- 12/40
Ender Knievel- PMM- 5F- 1.01:01 B- 4/13
El Padrino- PMM- 4F- 48:08 B- 2/40
Gemologist- PMM- 4F- 49:77- B- 25/40
Z Dager- FG- 5F- 1.01:80- B- 7/24 (Good)
Shared Property- FG- 5F- 1.02:60 B- 19/24 (Good)
Adirondack King- OP- 4F- 49:40- 2/12 (Muddy)
Reckless Jerry- OP- 4F- 49:40 B- 3/12 (Muddy)
Sabercat- OP- 4F- 50:80- 6/12 (Muddy)

Notes and bits from web and Twitter
“Getting the sense most think Mark Valeski is fraudulent. I keep reading El Padrino's skinny win over MV as knock on EP. I think otherwise”- Marcus Hersch via Twitter