Gomez replaces Leparoux aboard Flashback// Rebel picks roll in// News on Rydilluc, Orb, Vyjcak, more…

Every year Bob Baffert seems to remind us he has no loyalty when it comes to jockeys. Whether you think his shrewdness is sometimes uncalled for or not, you can’t argue with his success in the Kentucky Derby. On Thursday he announced Garret Gomez would replace Julien Leparoux aboard Flashback for the Santa Anita Derby (G1), due to Leparoux’s performance last Saturday in the San Felipe (G2). As I previously stated, I believe the criticism by jockey Kevin Krigger after the race was unwarranted, however it does appear Leparoux may have let up on Flashback just before the wire, allowing Hear the Ghost to eke out the victory// Several new previews and handicapper picks for Saturday’s Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn linked below. Is it just me, or does it seem like the “That Handicapping Show” folks wish they were somewhere else?// Rydilluc breezed 5 furlongs on the turf Thursday in preparation for the Blue Grass (G1) April 13. It was his first timed move since winning the Palm Beach (G3), and the plan is to ship to Keeneland at the end of the month in order to get a work over the Polytrack// more…

Upcoming Points Race

Rebel Stakes (G2)
Oaklawn Park
1 1/16 Miles
Previews: Oaklawn Park / Bloodhorse / Brisnet / DRF / DRF2 /


Future Odds:
Wynn Las Vegas 3/14 (Courier Journal Blog)

Golden Soul- FG- 4F- 52:00- B- 38/40
Rydilluc- PMM- 5F- 1:02.02- B- 2/10 (Turf)
Channel Isle- OP- 5F- 1:01.40- B- 1/9

Quotes and Tweets:
"John Sadler said Demonic works Friday, after which a decision will be made on his next race. Sunland Park Derby is under consideration"- J.J. Hysell via Twitter