Praise continues for Vyjack// Super Niney Nine blazes 4-furlongs// Probables for Tampa Derby and San Felipe// more…

Vyjack was still the hot Kentucky Derby trail topic a few days after his decisive come-from-behind victory in the Gotham (G3). Trainer Rudy Rodriguez thinks the relative seclusion at Aqueduct during training hours has paid dividends for Vyjack as opposed to the hustle and bustle of southern Florida mornings. Bad behavior has always been an issue for Vyjack, even after he was gelded, but he has shown slight improvement// Super Ninety Nine is all but confirmed for the Rebel (G2) March 16. The dominating Southwest (G3) winner worked a blistering 4-furlongs Monday morning in 46:40 and has apparently “bounced back quickly” from that race according to DRF’s Jay Privman. He also mentioned Todd Pletcher’s Delhomme and Ron Ellis’ Treasury Bill are headed to the Rebel, which is shaping up to be a crowded race// As expected, Al Stall’s Departing will move up to a Derby points race next time out. Most likely it will be the Louisiana Derby (G2), with the Sunland Derby (G3) or Rebel (G2) as possible alternatives. Departing earned a 97 Beyer speed figure for his easy win in the Texas Heritage Stakes Saturday, which puts him right in the mix of top contenders// Two big Kentucky Derby points races are on tap for Saturday- the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) at Tampa Bay and San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita- and each features highly regarded contenders with low Kentucky Derby Future Wager odds. Current individual favorite Verrazano (9-1) will try two turns for the first time in Tampa over a surface that has proven to be challenging for many shippers in the past. 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver finished 3rd in the race along his route to Louisville, and 2007 Derby winner Street Sense won the race only by a nose. Verrazano will face a minimum of six horses including Purple Egg, Dynamic Sky, Falling Sky, Honorable Dillon, and Java’s War// Flashback (12-1 in KDFW #2) and Goldencents (24-1) are both on target for a showdown in the San Felipe (G2) Saturday. Other probables include Hear the Ghost, Kochees, Omega Star, Salutos Amigos, and Tiz A Minister// Balance the Books, who was penciled in for Sunday Palm Beach (G3) before spiking a fever, will point instead for the Spiral (G3) at Turfway. The Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) third place finisher would enter the Kentucky Derby having never raced on dirt before// Two-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Nick Zito will serve a 15-day suspension for a clenbuterol positive from a winner at Aqueduct over a year ago// more…



Proud Strike- FG- 5F- 1.02:00- B- 12/24
Mylute- FG- 4F- 51:40- B- 25/35
Super Ninety Nine- SA- 4F- 46:40- H- 1/44
War Academy- SA- 4F- 46:80- H- 2/44

Quotes and Tweets:
"Tiz the Truth, Baffert mdn winner 2-2, missed training time with 1/4 crack. Back training now, but next start delayed"- Jay Privman via Twitter

"Baffert could send Super 99 back to OP for Rebel 3-16. He's bounced back quickly from Southwest. Den's Legacy going there for sure"- Jay Privman via Twitter

"Baffert will run both Flashback and Carving in San Felipe Saturday, he said this morning"- Jay Privman via Twitter

"Delhomme set for 2013 debut in Rebel 3-16. Garrett Gomez has picked up mount, Pletcher said"- Jay Privman via Twitter

"San Vicente runner-up Treasury Bill, heading to Rebel for next start, worked 6f in 1:14.80 for R. Ellis at BHP this am"- Jay Privman via Twitter

"Pletcher "can't find a pimple" on Overanalyze, 5th in Remsen Saturday. He's back at Palm Meadows. Next start undecided. Leading options for Overanalyze are Wood, Ark. Derby, Pletcher said, but won't know for sure until he returns to training"- Jay Privman via Twitter\

"More Pletcher: Revolutionary, Withers winner, heading to LA Derby 3-30. Wood, Fla Derby had been considered, too"- Jay Privman via Twitter

"Exciting Palm Beach winner Rydilluc will make his next start in the Spiral Stakes"- Steve Haskin via Twitter

"Long-forgotten Power Broker worked 6f at SA yesterday. He, Tiz the Truth, could make Hail Mary play for Derby in Wood or SA Derby"- Jay Privman via Twitter