Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby PPs and previews// Black Onyx first contender on Churchill grounds// Workouts and new rankings// more...

Black Onyx at Churchill Downs. Photo: Churchill Downs Media

Although Itsmyluckyday won the Holy Bull (G3) in track record fashion and was installed as the 2-1 favorite in Saturday’s Florida Derby (G1), headlines were dominated by Shanghai Bobby and his second consecutive draw on the rail. For those stories and others, plus PPs see below// Revolutionary gets the spotlight for the Louisiana Derby (G2) where he was made the 3-1 top choice of 14 entrants. PPs and previews can also be found below// For some reason the arrival of the first likely Kentucky Derby starter to Churchill Downs always gets the heart racing a little faster. It’s a real indicator that everything we love to experience in and around the Derby- morning workout reports, betting strategies and debates, owner/trainer/jockey drama, post position draw, the walkover, and eventual opening of the 20-horse gates- will all be here before you know it. Spiral (G3) winner Black Onyx is this year’s first arrival and following tradition I’ve included the annual cell phone picture from Churchill Downs media. The colt arrived early Wednesday morning and will hit the track Thursday// A well written piece about some of this Derby fever I speak of is on ESPN by Gary West and linked below// New rankings, workout details, and more…

Kentucky Derby Point Races:

Florida Derby (G1)
Gulfstream Park
1 1/8 Miles
PPs: Click here
Time: 6:19PM ET
TV: NBC Sports

Louisiana Derby (G2)
Fair Grounds
1 1/8 Miles
Time: 6:44PM ET
TV: NBC Sports

3-year-olds to watch (In The Money)


Siete de Oros- PARX- 1M- 1.41:00- B- 1/2
Texas Bling- OP- 7F- 1.26:20- B- 1/1
Heaven's Runway- OP- 6F- 1.15:60- B- 3/3
Titletown Five- OP- 4F- 48:80- B- 9/53