Weekend Review: KDFW Pool #1 closes// Park City victorious in return// Dynamic Strike takes Miracle Wood// Updated Wynn Odds// Pletcher discusses next starts// more...

Dynamic Strike won the richest of weekend races for 3-year-olds with a one-length victory in the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park. Jockey Forest Boyce liked the way Dynamic Strike settled just off the pace, something he hadn’t done in his previous two wins// Park City, unraced since a debut maiden win at Saratoga last July, returned in fine form to take a Gulfstream allowance Saturday. The race was just six furlongs and the margin was only a neck, so Park City will have to keep progressing quickly to catch up on the trail// Doug O’Neill is not giving up hope that Mudflats could be a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender. One might think after a poor 7th place finish in his two-turn debut in the Jerome (G2) Mudflats would be considered a sprinter, but O’Neill still likes his stride and pedigree. He will start in Saturday’s San Vicente (G2), and with a strong showing will be given another shot at a route// Another San Vicente challenger, Treasure Bill, is also using the San Vicente as the first step towards bigger and better things. Trainer Ron Ellis said the colt could be bound for Arkansas if all goes well Saturday// Todd Pletcher gave a very informative interview Saturday to HRNN when he shed light on his plans for several lesser-known Derby contenders. Capo Bastone, who hasn’t raced since finishing 3rd in the Breeders Cup Juvenile in November, is pointed for a return race in two or three weeks at Gulfstream. Forty Tales, 2nd in the Hutcheson (G2) last week, will sprint again in the Swale (G2) March 2nd, but could be entered in a two-turn Derby point race after that// Time is ticking for any recent maiden winners to make some serious noise on the Derby trail. Salutos Amigos is one of those that can’t look back. The colt broke his maiden Saturday at Santa Anita by over three lengths and earned a very respectable 94 Beyer speed figure. His pedigree doesn’t scream distance however, so his back is really against the wall for now// Pool #1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Sunday night with ‘all others’ the favorite as expected. The favorite of the individual selections came down to the wire with Verrazano (11-1) edging Flashback (12-1).  Not far behind was a 3-way tie with Itsmyluckyday, Violence, and Revolutionary (all 13-1). For the full list see below// A full list of contender workouts over the weekend is below// more…

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool #1:

Wynn Las Vegas Future Odds 2/9/13
Click here (Courier Journal Blog)

Key Weekend Results:

2/9/13 Miracle Wood Stakes
Winner: Dynamic Strike
Chart: Equibase

2/9/13 Gulfstream Park Race 5: Allowance Optional Claiming
Winner: Park City
Chart: Equibase

2/9/13 Santa Anita Maiden Special Weight
Winner: Salutos Amigos
Chart: Equibase

Goldencents, biomechanics, and oxygen debt (ThoroEdge Equine Performance)
Verrazano has small stable dreaming big (Lexington Herald Leader)

El Camino Real Derby (G3) (Golden Gate Fields)


Titletown Five- OP- 4F- 48:20- 2/61
Brown Almighty- OP- 5F- 1.00:40- B- 2/72
Texas Bling- OP- 5F- 1.02:60- B- 37/72
Frac Daddy- GP- 4F- 49:28- B- 23/34
Carried Interest- PMM- 5F- 1.00:40- B- 3/25

Mountain Eagle- PMM- 4F- 50:77- B- 31/39
Manando- SA- 5F- 1.01:00- H- 18/64
Hear the Ghost- HOL- 6F- 1.15:00- H- 4/5
Dewey Square- GP- 5F- 1.01:93 B- 1/4 (Turf)
Purple Egg- TP- 5F- 1.01:40- B- 2/20
Capo Bastone- PMM- 5F- 1.01:93- B- 11/26
Normandy Invasion- PMM- 5F- 1.00:44- B- 1/26
Palace Malice- PMM- 5F- 1.01:01- B- 4/26
Overanalyze- PMM- 5F- 1.01:93- B- 11/26
Violence- PMM- 5F- 1.01:01- B- 4/26
Sky Commander- PMM- 4F- 51:08- B- 32/37
Delhomme- PMM- 5F- 1.01:28- B- 6/26
Integrity- PMM- 5F- 1.00:44- B- 1/26

Quotes and Tweets:
"Pletcher tells @HRRN Forty Tales likely for Swale, might stretch out for one #KyDerby prep after that"- J.J. Hysell via Twitter

"Pletcher on Capo Bastone: "The horse is training really well." Says seasonal debut in next few weeks"-DerbyContenders via Twitter

"Pletcher says plans for Palace Malice to be determined after this weekend's breeze"-DerbyContenders via Twitter
"Trainer @GrahamMotion tells @HRRN Crop Report is about two weeks away from an allowance race."- J.J. Hysell

"Motion says Cerro will be nominated to Fountain of Youth S. but Palm Beach S. likely then Spiral Stakes" -DerbyContenders via Twitter

Shug McGaughey on Captial OTB TV says he's considering Fountain of Youth S. for Orb but prefers an allowance next. -DerbyContenders via Twitter

Bold Challenger and Java's War worked sharp 1/2 in 48 flat. Both doing super. Java runs on March 3 in Palm Beach.- Kenny McPeek via Twitter

Frac Daddy and Taken By The Storm work 1/2 together easy 49.1. Frac foot seems fine. Workout two more times and find a good spot for him- Kenny McPeek via Twitter

"Mike Moreno & Eric Guillot's Salutos Amigos, 3yo colt by Salute the Sarge, a 94 Beyer in impressive Mdn-breaker Sat. @santaanitapark"- Steve Byk via Twitter

"Rosario to ride Sam Davis 2nd Dynamic Sky in Tampa Bay Derby, trainer Casse says"- Jennie Rees via Twitter