9 set for El Camino// Capo Bastone returns Saturday// Uncaptured gearing up// Stall confirms 2 for Risen Star// San Felipe probables// more…

Entries closed for the El Camino Real Derby (G3), which will be held Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Nine sophomores will load the gate, with California Derby winner Zeewat and Bob Baffert colts Carving and Manando highlighting the field. Previews and PPs can be found below// Slowly but surely we are checking off key 3-year-old debuts. Uncaptured, last seen barely winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill in November, registered his first official workout at Ocala Training Center. He’s on target for the Rushaway Stakes or tougher Spiral Stakes (G3) both at Turfway Park March 23// Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) 3rd place finisher Capo Bastone will return this Saturday at Gulfstream in an allowance. He’s now under the care of Todd Pletcher after being transferred from the barn of John Sadler// As I alluded to last week, trainer Al Stall has now confirmed both Sunbean and Departing will start next in the Risen Star (G2) at the Fair Grounds Feb 23// Jockey Kevin Krigger apparently hot walked Goldencents after his 6-furlong bullet workout at Santa Anita Wednesday. You don’t see that often from a jockey, but you can’t blame Krigger for trying to get as much face time as he can with the colt and trainer Doug O’Neill seeing as top jockeys and their agents have probably pitched O’Neill to dump the lesser-known rider. Goldencents is still on track for a start in the San Felipe March 9th, where he’ll face the much-hyped Flashback// Sunday’s San Vicente (G2) is expected to draw Mudflats, Belvin, Shakin’ It Up, War Academy, Cabello del Cielo, and Treasury Bill// Eddie Kenneally said he will move recent maiden winner Gombey Dancer up to stakes company in the Swale (G2) March 2nd, and will also stretch out Hutcheson (G2) winner Honorable Dillon in either the Gotham (G3) or Tampa Bay Derby (G3)// Gulfstream Park released a video interview with Todd Pletcher in which he discusses the strategy for Violence in the Fountain of Youth (G2), Verrazano’s post-Tampa Derby plans, the delay of training on Delhomme, and the status of Revolutionary and Overanalyze// It looks as if He’s Had Enough has had enough of Flashback and will most likely ship out of California for his next start in either the Gotham or Tampa Derby//

I’m always interested in Kerry Thomas’ behavioral profiling of Kentucky Derby starters. He studies emotional conformation and other behavior of the contenders to determine which horses will react best in a crowded 20 horse field going 10 furlongs. It’s an unorthodox handicapping angle that I fully believe has just as much merit as speed figures and pedigree analysis. However, let’s set the record straight on the recent proclamation that he has picked the winner of the Derby the last two years. Last year, he listed eight(!) horses that possessed the potential winning formula– that’s 40% of the field. While he did say in an online interview that I’ll Have Another was towards the top, he also mentioned 7th and 4th place finishers Union Rags and Went the Day Well right alongside him. In 2011 he liked Animal Kingdom, but put him on even terms with Dialed In who finished 8th. It is impressive he has mentioned the winners, but there have never been clear choices in his analysis. I will still wait anxiously for his 2013 Derby run-down…// more…

El Camino Real Derby (G3)
Golden Gate Fields
1 1/8 Miles
Previews: Brisnet /

Kentucky Derby Daily Feb 13 (In the Money Blog)

Oxbow- OP- 5F- 1.02:60 B- 2/6 (Good)
Goldencents- SA- 6F- 1.13:40- H- 1/20
Clawback- AQU- 4F- 48:90- B- 2/14
Uncaptured- OTC- 3F- 35:60- B- 1/7


Quotes and Tweets:
"He's Had Enough likely to travel for next start, to Gotham or TB Derby, according to Dennis O'Neill. San Felipe slight option, too"- Jay Privman via Twitter

“Graham Motion on Cerro: "Most likely we’ll be going to the Palm Beach, but we’ll take a look at the Fountain of Youth as well’ ”- J.J. Hysell via Twitter