It’s all about Pletcher// Big Lute pointing for Rebel// Rider switch for Dynamic Sky// Derby Future Pool #1 starts Friday// more...

With the craziness of last Saturday finally subsiding, it’s difficult to get excited for the upcoming weekend when no Kentucky Derby point races, much less key races are scheduled. The biggest event will be the opening of the Derby Future Wager Pool and Dick Downey wonders if the absence of big races will mean more or less wagers. I would bet on the latter. Entries and opening odds will be announced Wednesday// Big Lute, a 4 3/4 length maiden breaker at Oaklawn last Friday, will point for the Rebel (G2) March 16, with a possible two-turn allowance beforehand. Trainer Steve Hobby said that’s the ideal scenario, although it would be squeezing three races within a six-week period. Not only that, but depending on how he performs in the Rebel, Hobby would have to decide whether to race Big Lute in the Arkansas Derby (G1), or give the colt a long eight week break for the Kentucky Derby// Butterfly Soul raced last time out against the boys in the California Derby at Golden Gate, but trainer Genaro Vallejo said the filly will probably race next in the California Oaks as opposed to the El Camino Real (G3).  Another try against colts is still a possibility// With his recent victory in the Withers, as well as saddling the most talked about allowance winner in quite some time, we were reminded of Todd Pletcher’s embarrassment of Derby contender riches. Two blog postings from Tuesday discuss this year’s Todd squad, and delve into who’s the best and what it must be like to plot the trail for so many contenders// Jay Privman from the Daily Racing Form reported that Dynamic Sky, 2nd in the Sam Davis Saturday, will have a new rider next time out. No word yet on who that will be. Trainer Mark Casse also reiterated to Privman that Uncaptured will turn up next March 23rd in the Spiral Stakes (G3) or the undercard race the Rushaway at Turfway// more...     

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Quotes and Tweets:
"Uncaptured, Casse's other top Derby prospect, pointing for Spiral or Rushaway at Turfway 3-23. First breeze of yr early next week"- Jay Privman via Twitter

"Dynamic Sky, Sam Davis runner-up, to have new rider for TB Derby, trainer M. Casse told me. Luis Contreras out. No replacement yet" - Jay Privman via Twitter