Possible full gate for Rebel, several contenders drop out// Servis's chance for Derby imminent// New rankings

John Servis has not made the cherished pre-Kentucky Derby walk from the backside of Churchill Downs to the paddock since saddling 2004 winner Smarty Jones.  He hopes to do it again in 2012 with one or both of his main prospects Adirondack King and Ill Conceived.  The former will try to improve off his 3rd place showing in the Southwest (G3) this Saturday in the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn.  Ill Conceived will be entered in the Vinery Spiral (G2) at Turfway, the same track he finished 2nd by a nose in the John Battaglia Stakes last time out// Another Derby winning trainer, Graham Motion, hopes to send maiden winner Went the Day Well to the Spiral as well.  That’s the same pre-Derby prep Motion used for winner Animal Kingdom, however Motion is concerned the race may overfill// There’s a fairly interesting allowance at Oaklawn Friday that features several failed runners from the Southwest Stakes (G3)- Unbridled’s Note and Ring It Up.  They were considered for the Rebel (G2), but going in the easier spot instead// The more interesting 3-year-old allowance Friday is at Gulfstream where Grade 1 winner Currency Swap meets Grade 2 winner Gemologist.  Both colts are undefeated and have connections with serious aspirations of making the Derby// more…

Pee H Dee on to Rebel (The Downey Profile)
3-year-olds to watch (In The Money Blog)


Wireplayers Derby Dozen Vol 3 (WirePlayers Blog)
Derby Dozen- the third (A Leg Up Blog)
Super Six Derby Pix (They Are Off Blog)

Hierro- SA- 4F- 51:40- H- 10/10
Summer Front- PPTC- 4F- 51:20- B- 7/9

Notes and bits from web and Twitter
“Spring Hill Farm had successful knee surgery; no screw needed. Will get 60 days rest and turnout. Connections hopeful for full recovery.”- Jason Shandler via Twitter