Can Bobby go the distance?// More Florida Derby works// Kentucky Derby next for Govenor Charlie// Stevens gets mount on Oxbow// Updated Futures// more…

If Shanghai Bobby fails to give a convincing effort in Saturday’s Florida Derby (G1), get ready for critics to crawl out of the woodwork. There will be critics of the 2-year-old Champion’s distance capabilities, seeing as they already made noise after his defeat in the Holy Bull (G3)- a second place finish that not only registered high speed figures but came off a nearly three month layoff. There will also be critics of the new Kentucky Derby point system, seeing as Shanghai Bobby would likely not make the Kentucky Derby field with a finish outside the top four on Saturday. Yes, he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and was crowned 2-year-old Champion but would you really include him on any of your Derby tickets after a fifth or worse finish in the Florida Derby?// Below are Florida Derby stories on trainer Shug McGaughey and his quest to have a real Derby contender and hometown hero Eddie Plesa and his dreams with Itsmyluckyday. Two likely entrants breezed four furlongs Tuesday: Turf and synthetic runner Are You Kidding Me and maiden winner Pick of the Litter// As expected, dominating Sunland Derby (G3) winner Govenor Charlie will train straight up to the Kentucky Derby (G1) instead of squeezing in one more prep// It was announced Gary Stevens will ride Oxbow in the Arkansas Derby (G1) for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The trainer said the horse belonged to Stevens all along and Mike Smith was just a substitute in the Rebel when Stevens was committed to ride at Santa Anita. That’s a little humorous seeing as Stevens has never ridden Oxbow in any of his eight career races// Looks like impressive Santa Anita maiden winner Summer Exclusive will stay off the Derby trail. Trainer Peter Miller didn’t like the end of his 7-furlong workout and feels the colt needs to stick to one turn for the time being. He will ship to Aqueduct for the Bay Shore (G3)// When I commented a few days ago that video production quality could easily be improved by some racing outlets, I didn’t really have in mind what Brisnet released on YouTube late Monday night. It’s different, I’ll give them that// more…

Where they’re going next (Downey Profile)


Future Odds:
Wynn Las Vegas 3/25 (View From Vegas)
William Hill 3/25 (View From Vegas)

Down and Derby Sweet 16 (Zipse At The Track)

Are You Kidding Me- PAY- 4F- 48.30- B- 1/12
Pick of the Litter- GP- 4F- B- 49.62- 4/4
War Academy- SA- 4F- 47:60- H- 2/20
Manando- SA- 4F- 48:60- H- 11/20

Quotes and Tweets:
"Spiral champ Black Onyx to arrive @ChurchillDowns Wednesday 9-9:30 a.m. Barn 41, Stall 12. Will be 1st #KyDerby horse on grounds"- Derby Media via Twitter

“Govenor Charlie and Midnight Lucky will go straight to Ky Oaks and Derby"- Bob Baffert via Twitter