Vyjack learning to calm down// Miracle Wood odds// Interest in Mac the Man// 'All Others' strong in KDFW #1?// more…

I’ve always respected trainers who breeze their own horses in the mornings. It’s “training” in it’s most natural and direct form, and a refreshing sight to see compared to the typical modern day trainer who spends most of his or her time with a cell phone glued to their ear. Trainer Rudy Rodriguez was aboard undefeated Vyjack Thursday morning, who breezed 5 panels in preparation for a start in the Gotham (G3) March 2 at Aqueduct. Rodriguez is working on getting Vyjack to relax more, as the colt has been headstrong in his three races. Clawback, Escapefromreality, and Overanalyze are mentioned in the article as also probable for the Withers// Byron King at the Daily Racing Form thinks there are some strong “all others” in the Derby Future Wager pool, but betting a group of second tier horses (for now) at around 9-5 odds doesn’t appeal to me. For full odds and links to free Future Wager PPs see links below// Although it will be a quiet weekend for big preps for the Kentucky Derby, Dick Downey writes of intriguing Triple Crown nominees racing in maidens and allowances at Gulfstream, Fair Grounds, and Aqueduct, plus the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel// The Miracle Wood features favorite Vegas No Show, who lost by over six lengths in the Jerome (G2) last time out. Dynamic Strike, with his affinity for the Laurel strip, seems a bit more appealing at 9-2 despite the bump up in class// Verrazano, the possible favorite once Pool #1 of the Future Wager closes Sunday, is now part-owned by the mega breeding and racing operation Coolmore. It seems business will go on as usual with his handling and preparations for the Derby// Owner/trainer Jeff Greenhill admitted he is getting a lot of calls to sell Mac the Man, winner of the two most recent 3-year-old stakes at Turfway. So far he is avoiding the temptation and just wants “to train a good horse”// more…

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool #1:

Upcoming Stakes:
Saturday 2/9/13
Miracle Wood Stakes
Laurel Park
One Mile


Vyjack- AQU- 5F- 1.00:73- B- 1/2

Quotes and Tweets:
"Big maiden winner @OaklawnRacing Kale's Kourage is so rambunctious he cut his nose on top of his stall door. Crew has it padded now"- Rolly Hoyt via Twitter