Entries were drawn for two minor stakes races this Saturday that both serve as preps for Derby point races in February. The Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs features colts aiming for the Sam Davis (G3), and the California Derby may spring the winner and others to the El Camino Real (G3) at Golden Gate Fields. Purple Egg will try to extend his undefeated career when going two turns for the first time in the Pasco, while Zeewat could be a short price in the California Derby// Deemed a Kentucky Derby starter before he ever entered his first race, Todd Pletcher’s Archwarrior may or may not be off the trail. A Twitter account under the name @IamArchwarrior announced the overhyped colt will miss the Derby and hopefully make the Belmont in June. However, there have been no official reports from industry sources that confirm the news. Looking at the Twitter account, it’s difficult to tell whether the source is valid or not seeing as the Tweets range from bland official-speak to open mic night at your local comedy club// Wynn Las Vegas released the latest Kentucky Derby future odds today. Those, as well as other updated books can always be accessed on the right-hand sidebar of this site. Goldencents goes down to 18-1 from 25-1 after his win in last Saturday’s Sham (G3). That ties him for third favorite with Shanghai Bobby, while Violence remains the favorite at 12-1 followed by Uncaptured at 14-1. I’ll pass on all of those.
California Derby: Zeewat looks tough to beat (Bloodhorse)
Casse goes for repeat in Pasco Stakes (Sports Network)
California Derby and Pasco are Derby 3YO tune-ups (Downstretchs Blog)
In the money: 3-year-olds to watch (In The Money Blog)
Goldencents: Pitino following more than his team’s point production (Courier Journal Blog)