Dynamic Sky gets new rider// Uncaptured in good shape for Spiral// Crowded Rebel won’t split// New rankings// more

Mark Casse wasn’t happy with Luis Contreras’ ride on Dynamic Sky in the Sam Davis (G3) several weeks ago, so has named Joel Rosario the new jockey for the upcoming Tampa Derby (G3). The trainer admitted that even a rider change might not be enough to catch the likely short-priced favorite Verrazano. On a conference call Tuesday, Casse also discussed Uncaptured, who remains on target for the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park March 23. The Grade 2 winner worked in the morning at Ocala and Casse believes he’s matured physically and mentally from his 2-year-old season// Gary Contessa confirmed that the plan of attack for recent Palm Beach Stakes (G3) winner Rydilluc is the Spiral// As I mentioned yesterday, the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn is shaping up to be a popular race. For now, Oaklawn officials don’t foresee splitting the race into two divisions, although a full field is very likely. Bob Baffert all but confirmed Super Ninety Nine will return for the race with Rafael Bejarano aboard, and D. Wayne Lukas will call on Mike Smith to ride Oxbow. Both trainers will bring other likely entrants, as Baffert will ship Den’s Legacy, while Lukas will send Smarty Jones Stakes winner Will Take Charge. Other probables include Todd Pletchers’ Capo Bastone, Park City, and Delhomme; Ron Ellis trainee Treasury Bill; recent stakes winner Departing; and locals Texas Bling, Always In A Tiz, Carve, Big Lute, So Raise Yourglass and Heaven’s Runway// Lukas also mentioned that recent allowance winner Channel Isle will go in the Louisiana Derby (G2), Red Wings could go to the Spiral, and Titletown Five may go to the Sunland Derby (G3) or Louisiana Derby// Omega Star will be stepping into the deep end Saturday in the San Felipe, which will be his graded stakes debut. Flashback and Goldencents headline the race, but trainer John Sheriffs thinks the added distance will suit him. Dennis O’Neill said in a conference call Tuesday that Goldencents could train up to the Kentucky Derby if he earns enough points from the San Felipe. While many trainers have taken the “less is more” theory heading into the Derby of late, that would make Goldencents very light in seasoning heading into a much longer and tougher race// You can read below for the story behind Verrazano’s name, but I’ll warn you it’s not all that interesting// more…

Where they’re going next (The Downey Profile)
Watch list for March (Horseracing Nation)

Jerry Bossert’s Top 15 (NJ Daily News)

Will Take Charge- OP- 6F- 1.13:60- B- 1/2
Oxbow- OP- 6F- 1.13:80- B- 2/2
Code West- SA- 4F- 48:60- H- 15/31
Hear the Ghost- HOL- 4F- 48:60- H- 3/21

Quotes and Tweets:
"Rydilluc came back bouncing out of the Palm Beach so barring any steps backward we are on track for the Spiral on March 23rd"- Gary Contessa via Twitter

"Super 99 now definite for Rebel. Bejarano retains mount. That means Shakin It Up to Sunland Derby 3-24 for Baffert"- Jay Privman via Twitter

"Mark Casse says we've only seen about 75-80% of Dynamic Sky's ability, but cautions that even at 100% he may not be able to beat Verrazano"- ABR Live via Twitter

"Java's War will be entered in Tampa Bay Derby tomorrow and is doing "super" according to Kenny McPeek"- Sid Fernando via Twitter

"Casse: Gunderman could go in Sunland Derby, to Oaklawn or (sounds more likely) Illinois Derby"- Jennie Rees via Twitter

"Dennis O'Neill says that if he has enough points @TheGoldencents will skip the @santaanitapark Derby and train up to the #KYDerby"- ABR Live via Twitter

"Winning 3yo Beyers last week: Departing-97; Clearly Now-96; Vyjack-93; Coolusive-91; Fordubai & Rydilluc-89; Gunderman-87"- DerbyContenders via Twitter