Mark Valeski fires bullet ahead of Louisiana Derby// Prospective back to work// Discreet Dancer pulled from Derby Trail// Updated graded earnings, rankings and contender lists

Jockey Rosie Napravnik used every complement she could think of when describing Mark Valeski’s final work ahead of Saturday’s Louisiana Derby (G2).  She seems very confident with her mount and thinks he’s ready for the 1 1/8 miles test// Prospective worked a slow five furlongs in 1:03 flat Tuesday at Churchill Downs.  He’s pointing for either the Wood Memorial (G1) or Blue Grass (G1)// Graham Motion checked in on his UAE Derby (G2) entry Lucky Chappy Tuesday. He said the colt seems to be in great shape. Reports earlier in the week indicated Motion and Team Valor may decide to skip the Kentucky Derby with Lucky Chappy, even if he puts in a good effort Saturday// Churchill Downs released an updated Graded Earnings list which includes late Triple Crown nominees// Todd Pletcher confirmed what many suspected after entries were drawn for the Louisiana Derby- Discreet Dancer is off the Derby Trail.  No clear reason was given other than the fact Pletcher didn’t feel right rushing the colt.  Discreet Dancer will be given some time off before returning to racing later in the year// I finally updated the CTD Contender page here.  The latest list has more deletions than additions due the fact the cut line is more clear- we’re only 39 days out until Derby…

Graded Earnings List
Updated 3/27 (Churchill Downs)

CTD Contenders

Tuesday’s UAE Derby notes (The Downey Profile)

Down and Derby Sweet 16 [#5] (Zipse at the Track)
Paulick Derby Index 3/27 (Paulick Report)

Prospective CD- 5F- 1.03:00- B- 3/4
Mark Valeski FG- 5F- 1.00:60- B- 1/14
Z Dager FG- 5F- 50:20- B- 10/19
Liaison HOL- 6F- 1.11:20- H- 2/6

Weekly Top Speed Figures*
Top 3yo winning BRIS figs last week  Daddy Nose Best - 104; Went The Day Well - 103; Bourbon Courage - 101; Hogy - 99; Johannesbourbon – 96

Top 3yo winning Beyers last week: Daddy Nose Best - 100; Went The Day Well - 92; Bourbon Courage - 101; Hogy - 89; Johannesbourbon - 88.

Source: DerbyContenders via Twitter