Rydilluc leaning toward Blue Grass// Picks and news for Tampa Derby, San Felipe// Carve might not make Rebel field// more…

Park City, who was a likely scratch in Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby (G2), is now definite for the race. Jack Wolf of Starlight racing cited Edgar Prado and the likely large Rebel field were reasons for staying in Tampa// Handicapper picks are starting to roll in for the two upcoming Derby point races. Those are linked below with more previews as well// It’s not unusual to hear trainers say their horses are training well or they like their spot in a race. Both D. Wayne Lukas and Doug O’Neill are happy with their positions on the Derby trail. O’Neill loves the #3 post position in the San Felipe (G2) for Goldencents, as it will allow him to gauge Flashback’s break from the #2 spot and act accordingly. Lukas was quoted as saying the Tuesday breezes by Oxbow and Will Take Charge were “excellent”. He also said Titletown Five tricked him into thinking he was ready for his comeback race in the Gazebo Stakes last Saturday. Although he proved he was not fit in the end, Lukas thinks the race will set Titletown Five up well for the next undecided destination// With the Rebel field looking crowded and the prospect of it splitting into two divisions no longer a possibility, some connections are getting nervous they won’t make the cut. Undefeated Carve could be on the outiside looking in if more than 14 enter// Gary Contessa announced through his Twitter account he is now leaning towards the Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland instead of the Spiral (G2) at Turfway for recent Palm Beach (G3) winner Rydilluc. No reason was given, but the extra three weeks to the Bluegrass surely factors into the decision. The only drawback is the relatively quick turnaround to the Derby// more…

Upcoming Derby points races:

Tampa Bay Derby (G2)
Tampa Bay Downs
1 1/16 Miles
Time: 5:15 PM ET

San Felipe (G2)
Santa Anita
1 1/16 Miles
Time: 6:35 PM ET

Upcoming non-Derby points stakes races:

Fred “Cappy” Capossela Stakes
6 Furlongs
Time: 4:52 PM ET
Previews: NYRA / DRF /

Pointing toward to the Kentucky Derby (Staten Island Advance)

Carried Interest- PMM- 5F- 1.01:03- B- 4/12

Quotes and Tweets:
"For my Twitter friends and followers only I am starting to lean toward the Blue Grass rather than the Spiral [for Rydilluc] but too soon to say for sure"- Gary Contessa via Twitter

"San Vicente winner Shakin It Up, scheduled for Sunland Derby for next start, worked 6f at SA this morning in 1:12.40"- Jay Privman via DRF

"Owner Jack Wolf says Park City will run in Tampa Bay Derby, rather than #Rebel. Field size, rider are factors"- Jennie Rees via Twitter