Isn’t He Clever out, Optimizer next in line// Liaison urged through 6 furlongs// Speculation on I’ll Have Another

Isn’t He Clever was officially declared out of the Kentucky Derby by trainer Steve Asmussen Wednesday. His spot at #21 on the graded earnings list now belongs to D. Wayne Lukas’ Optimizer.  If he were to make the field, Optimizer would represent the trainer’s 45th starter. A win would not only be surprising to just about everyone, but would also make the trainer the oldest to ever claim the Roses// Liaison was the lone worker Wednesday at Churchill Downs. The Bob Baffert trainee was urged through 6 furlongs by jockey Shaun Bridgmohan.  DRF’s clocker Mike Welsch was not impressed with the move, but noted Baffert insists the colt is never strong in the mornings. The Grade 1 winner won’t have many backers heading into the Kentucky Derby and with good reason.  His 3-year-old form has been worse than sub-par, and not only was his best racing during his juvenile campaign but also on the synthetic surface at Hollywood Park// Welsch did like the energy level of Prospective from his morning gallop at Churchill and also thought Dullahan was covering ground well.  Both colts are tentatively scheduled for their final pre-Derby workouts this Saturday, but that could change depending on weather// It was reported by the Paulick Report that Santa Anita Derby winner I’ll Have Another was recently placed on the vet list due to shockwave therapy.  Trainer Doug O’Neil said the colt has undergone the therapy on his back before and doesn’t see it being an issue for the Derby// A minority interest of potential Derby favorite Bodemeister was sold to Southern Equine’s Mike and Tiffany Moreno Wednesday// A healthy list of articles and blog postings are linked with coverage on Daddy Long Legs, Gemologist, Dullahan, Derby tips, historical data, musings, and more.  Plus, Bodemeister joins a finally updated CTD Top 5…

Liaison- CD- 6F- 1.12:80- B- 1/1 (Track-Good) [under urging by Shaun Bridgmohan. Splits: 12.60, 24.80, 37, 1:00.80]

Workout Videos
Liaison 4/25 (Churchill Downs)
Interview with Bob Baffert (Courier Journal)

Workout Reports

Head-to-head odds (Wynn Las Vegas)

Kentucky Derby News and Opinion
Historic year for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runners (And Down The Stretch They Come)

Top 20 (DRF)

Contender Photos and Video
Union Rags schooling in paddock at Keeneland (Donna Brothers via Twitter)
Prospective feature video (Courier Journal)

News and Quotes from Twitter
Union Rags scheduled to ship from Keeneland to CD on Thurs (weather permitting); Went the Day Well also vans Thurs afternoon.- Derby Media

Trainer Michael Matz said weather will dictate when Union Rags works next at CD hoping for Sat. but could go Fri. or Sun- Mike Welsch DRF