Castaway may sneak in Derby gate// Creative Cause works, blinkers off for Derby// Romans not worried about dirt// New graded earnings list

Just when things seemed to settle on the Kentucky Derby graded earnings list, there is a new shooter that could shake things up.  Castaway, winner of a division of the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn and a dull 7th in the Sunland Derby (G3), could have enough earnings for the Derby starting gate with a win in Saturday’s Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.  He was a late addition to the probable Lexington field Tuesday, yet trainer Bob Baffert said the decision had nothing to do with trying to squeeze into the Derby.  Rather, the race was chosen to simply earn some money, although racing two weeks later at Churchill was not ruled out.  Morgan’s Guerilla, Stirred Up, and News Pending are also scheduled for the Lexington Stakes, and could move into the also-eligible slots for the Derby// Creative Cause worked 5-furlongs at Hollywood Park Tuesday.  He wore cheater blinkers, which only block a small amount of vision as opposed to regular blinkers.  Trainer Mike Harrington seemed happy with the work, and said blinkers will most likely be off for Creative Cause in the Derby, just as they were for his 2nd place finish in the Santa Anita Derby (G1). Creative Cause will work once more at Hollywood next Tuesday before shipping to Churchill Downs and working May 1st. There were reports that Creative Cause was very ‘washy’ from the work, but apparently that’s normal// Jerry Hollendorfer was non-committal on the plan for Rousing Sermon’s next race.  He said a decision will be made soon on whether to go to the Derby or stay for a restricted stakes race in California// In other notes, Take Charge Indy will have his first breeze since the Florida Derby (G1) on Thursday at Palm Meadows// Illinois Derby (G3) victor Done Talking will work at Laurel Park twice before shipping to Louisville// Mark Valeski arrived on the Churchill Downs grounds Tuesday afternoon in good order// Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor International, said Spiral Stakes (G3) winner Went the Day Well is always dull in morning works and there was nothing to be concerned about from his Saturday breeze at Keeneland. He also said John Velasquez will retain the mount, however Todd Pletcher could give Velasquez the option to ride El Padrino seeing as Javier Castellano is committed to Gemologist// Alpha has recovered from an infection and jogged at Belmont Park Tuesday. He could ship to Churchill as soon as Friday or as late as April 30// Santa Anita Derby winner I’ll Have Another will work the next two Thursdays at Hollywood Park before flying to Louisville// Dale Romans is confident Dullahan will handle the Churchill surface just fine, and has the proper acceleration needed to win the 1 1/4 mile contest// New rankings and an updated graded earnings list from Churchill Downs with good notations below…

Updated Graded Earnings List
Official List 4/17 (Churchill Downs)

Kentucky Derby News and Opinion
Who’s the favorite? (Bloodhorse Blog)
Kentucky Derby criteria (Trackside with Trackman Blog)
Point/Counterpoint: Bodemeister vs Dullahan (Horse Racing Nation)

Photos and Video

Top 10: A new leader (And Down The Stretch They Come)

Creative Cause- HOL- 5F- 1.01:20- H- 16/37

News and Quotes from Twitter
On quiet Tuesday morning at HOL, I'll Have Another (SA Derby winner) looked super galloping mile and half for Doug O'Neill.” - Brad Free DRF

“I will be taking I'll Have Another out on Thurs for his work, come out and take photos of me, I mean him. I like being asst coach”- IamLavaMan

“I’ll Have Another to work Thursday at Hollywood; final work April 27 at Hollywood; then fly to Kentucky April 28.”- TTimes

“Creative Cause very washed out per work today. Rank going off, last quarter in 24:4. 101:1 for the 5/8ths. Not what I expected”- Gary Mandella HRTV

“Yes, Creative Cause got very hot Tues work at HOL. Not the first time”- Brad Free

“Fit horses don't need to work that often, long strong gallops can be more effective at this point. [Take Charge Indy] will work soon at Palm Meaodws”- Jill Byrne

“Take Charge Indy will work Thurs. at Palm Meadows crack of dawn trainer Pat Byrne confirmed just minutes ago”- Mike Welsch DRF

“Romans compares Dullahan to Ferdinand. Can see him coming up rail and making last 1/8 of a mile run @KentuckyDerby” - MDoche

“Irwin on Went The Day Well breeze Saturday: ‘He’s a lousy work horse…This is not a horse that’s ever gonna inspire anybody in the morning’”- TTimes

“Irwin says John Velazquez keeps mount on Went The Day Well for Derby”- TTimes