Entries drawn for 3 Derby points races// Verrazano to take next step// Bobby Experimental high weight// more

What a day Saturday is going to be. Not only do we have 3 preps with Derby points on the line, but there are some interesting allowances and minor stakes as well// Revolutionary will try to take a big step both in class and on the trail in the Withers. He’ll face 7 others, but should be a short price// 10 will line up for the Sam F. Davis in Tampa with most of the storylines focusing on Dynamic Sky and recent Bill Mott acquisition My Name Is Michael// Lots of anger over the draw for the Robert Lewis (G2) at Santa Anita. The field was expected to be light, but not many predicted the number of entrants would only be four.  The race does feature Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up He’s Had Enough and highly touted Bob Baffert trainee Flashback// Below is a roundup of preview articles, links to free PPs and more for all three point races// The 7-furlong Hutcheson always gets a lot of Derby related press, but rarely do we see the contestants make the Derby field// An undercard allowance at Gulfstream will carry just as much interest as the Hutcheson for many. Todd Pletcher’s exciting debut winner Verrazano heads the one mile race but will face a salty field that includes Eton Blue and Sky Commander// The Illinois Derby will now be just two weeks before the Kentucky Derby, making it essentially a prep race for the Preakness.  The move is not surprising considering Churchil Downs did not include the race in its new points format// more…

Saturday Derby Points Races:

Withers (G3)
1 1/16 Miles
Time/TV: 4:18 PM ET/TVG
Previews: NYRA / Brisnet / Bloodhorse / DRF

Sam F. Davis (G3)
Tampa Bay Downs
1 1/16 Miles
Time/TV: 5:23 PM ET/TVG
Previews: Bloodhorse / DRF

Robert Lewis S. (G2)
Santa Anita Park
1 1/16 Miles
Time/TV: 5:03 PM ET/TVG
Previews: Bloodhorse / Brisnet / DRF

Saturday Non-Derby point races:

Hutcheson (G2)
Gulfstream Park
7 Furlongs
Time/TV: 5:05 ET/HRTV
Previews: Brisnet / Bloodhorse

Gulfstream Park Race 5: Allowance Optional Claiming
1 Mile
Time/TV: 2:37 ET/HRTV

Itsmyluckyday (DRF Blog)

Expert Picks (Churchill Downs)