Handicappers begin to weigh in on the weekend// Wood Memorial has 10 probables, 7 for Santa Anita Derby // Super Ninety Nine, Den’s Legacy back to work// Lukas duo works at Oaklawn// more

With all Florida Derby (G1) attention on the big three, it’s nice to see a piece on an entrant we don’t know much about. Jay Hovdey features Kentucky Derby winning trainer Barclay Tagg and maiden winner Indy’s Illusion, who let’s face it, has an extremely uphill battle on his hands Saturday// Handicapper picks and more feature stories are pouring in for both the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby (G2). I’ve linked all of them below under the race headings// Super Ninety Nine, a horse that failed as the favorite in the Rebel (G2), had his first official breeze since that race. Trainer Bob Baffert says the Rebel was a “gutterball” performance, but as I’ve stated numerous times I think he had excuses with the outside post and pressure various times of the race. Super Ninety Nine is scheduled to race next in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 6th against stablemate Flashback as well as Hear the Ghost, Tiz a Minister, Goldencents, Power Broker, and Storm Fighter// D. Wayne Lukas’ two main Derby contenders worked at Oaklawn Thursday. Oxbow took an extended 6-furlong breeze while Will Take Charge stayed at 4 panels// The Wood Memorial (G1) April 6th has as many as 10 possible entrants for now, led by Verrazano and Vyjack// more…

Kentucky Derby Point Races:

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

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

UAE Derby (G2)
Meydan Racecourse
1 3/16 Miles
Time: Approx 10:25 AM ET
Previews: DRF

Thursday UAE Derby notes (The Downey Profile)

Oxbow- OP- 6F- 1.16:00- B- 1/3
Will Take Charge- OP- 4F- 49:20- B- 10/62
Stormy Holiday- OP- 5F- 1.03:80- B- 33/44
Always in a Tiz- BEL- 5F- 1.03:35- B- 10/11
Den's Legacy- SA- 4F- 47:00- H- 1/25
Super Ninety Nine- SA- 4F-  47:20- H- 2/25

Quotes and Tweets:
"Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said a decision on if Will Take Charge runs in Blue Grass or trains up to Ky. Derby will be made middle of next week"- Robert Yates via Twitter