Departing wins easily at Fair Grounds// Super Ninety Nine, Code West moving up// Tour Guide, Clawback look to stretch out

Top shelf Derby prospect Uncaptured is still on the mend from several injuries. His trainer Mark Casse is hoping for a return to racing by the second or third week of March, but the timeframe gets tighter by the day. Uncaptured will hopefully have his first breeze next week// Super Ninety Nine’s impressive allowance score at Santa Anita Thursday registered a 100 Beyer speed figure. Trainer Bob Baffert said Super Ninety Nine and 2nd place Code West would move up to stakes company next. The latter will probably ship to the Fair Grounds, while Super Ninety Nine could stay at Santa Anita// Rick Violette says Clawback will most likely get his first chance to stretch out in the Gotham (G3) March 2 at Aqueduct// Tour Guide is another sprinter whose connections are looking to stretch out on the Derby trail. He’ll either go to the Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn or Risen Star (G2) at the Fair Grounds// Not only was Friday a mere eve to a big Derby preview day, but it held its fair share of possible key races as well. One was an impressive debut win at Oaklawn by Big Lute, who won by over 4 lengths. Over at the Fair Grounds, Departing followed up his debut win with an impressive allowance score. It won’t be surprising to see both colts in stakes company next// More previews and handicapper picks for the busy Saturday// more…

Saturday Derby Points Races:

Withers (G3)
1 1/16 Miles
Time/TV: 4:18 PM ET/TVG
Previews: NYRA / Brisnet / Bloodhorse / DRF DRF2

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

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

Saturday Non-Derby point races:

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

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

96 Rocks Stakes
Turfway Park
1 Mile
Time/TV: 5:11 PM ET/TVG

Kentucky Derby update for Feb 1 (In The Money Blog)

Mylute- FG- 5F- 1.00:20- B- 2/25
Will Take Charge- OP- 4F- 48:80- B- 2/30
Get Happy Mister- OP- 5F- 1.01:40- H- 2/26
Belvin- SA- 5F- 59:80- H- 1/53

Quotes and Tweets:
"Tim Ice says Brown Almighty, who worked this morning, is over his lung infection and is being pointed to the Southwest."- The Downey Profile via Twitter