Setback for Frac Daddy// Orb may go to Fountain of Youth// Fortify making 3YO debut Thursday in Dubai// Baffert looking to invade Southwest again// New rankings// more…

The Derby trail is treacherous and trainer Kenny McPeek knows that all too well. The trainer tweeted this morning that Frac Daddy has an ulcer in his throat and needs a little time off. How much time is open to debate, as apparently two veterinarians suggested varying degrees of rest- 4 to 10 days. Frac Daddy already had the issue of a bad cut on his hoof from the Holy Bull// Fortify, 4th last time out in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), was entered in the U.A.E. 2,000 Guineas to be held Thursday in Dubai. His last three races were in defeat to champion Shanghai Bobby, but at Meydan he’ll face another champion- this one from South Africa- in Soft Falling Rain. If history is any indication, the chances of Fortify returning in good form to the States, much less at all, are slim// Sounds like Shug McGaughey is stuck between a rock and a hard place due to timing with recent allowance winner Orb, who will most likely go next in the Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb 23 at Gulfstream// The Oaklawn track must be somewhat slow in the mornings, as Always in a Tiz worked 5-furlongs in 1.02:20, 7th fastest of 32. He’s pointing for the Southwest (G3) and should like the added distance// Big Lute, probable for the Rebel (G2) March 16, fired the bullet for 4-furlongs in a quick 47 flat, with the next fastest time of 43 horses at 47:80// It looks like Bob Baffert is aiming to invade the Southwest Stakes again based on a strong hint that recent Santa Anita allowance winner Super Ninety Nine will ship in. Last year Baffert won both sides of a double running of the race// Quite a few new rankings released Monday, including lists from the AP, Steve Haskin, Jerry Bossert, and the Courier Journal// more…

Derby Daily Feb 11 (In The Money Blog)

Top 10 Derby contenders (Sports Illustrated)
Courier Journal Media Poll (Courier Journal)
Jerry Bossert’s Top 15 (NY Daily News)

Proud Strike- FG- 6F- 1.14:00- B- 1/1
Always in a Tiz- OP- 5F- 1.02:20- B- 7/32
Big Lute- OP- 4F- 47:00- B- 1/43
Avare- SA- 4F- 49:00- H- 11/26
Demonic- SA- 6F- 1.13:00- H- 1/11
Crop Report- PMM- 5F- 1.03:06 B- 8/32 (Turf)

Quotes and Tweets:
"Frac Daddy to miss several days of training. He has an ulcer inside his throat that needs time to heel, minor. Also has pharangitis.Never easy"- Kenny McPeek via Twitter

"Just got off the phone w/ @KennyMcPeek Frac Daddy scoped bad after his recent work. One vet said 4 days another said 10. Not off Derby trail"- Kevin Kerstein via Twitter

"Hearing the #Southwest field may have 99 problems coming from the west coast" - Rolly Hoyt via Twitter

Will Take Charge out for controlled gallop second set after the break @ #Oaklawn, wanting to do more in advance of Southwest S. on Monday"- Mary Rampellini via Twitter

Always in a Tiz breezed first after break @ #Oaklawn, going five-eighths by himself in 1:02.20; out six furlongs in 1:14.80, per clockers"- Mary Rampellini via Twitter