Titletown Five will wait for La Derby// Will Take Charge may train up to Kentucky Derby// Spiral news and notes// more…

The Sunland Derby (G3) lost a headliner when it was announced Titletown Five, part owned by former Green Bay Packers quarterback and Churchill Downs regular Paul Hornung, will wait for the Louisiana Derby (G2) March 30. Reasons given were spacing of the race and the fact Derby points are double. The connections will be without the riding services of Gary Stevens who will be in Dubai. Jon Court picks up the mount, and was aboard the colt in Tuesday’s extended 6-furlong breeze at Oaklawn// Sunday’s Sunland Derby currently has nine probables with a full list found in the link below// More Spiral (G3) news with a list of probables and a feature on Balance the Books. The colt’s Spiral start will be his 3-year-old debut after being delayed due to a fever// Java’s War, best known for not getting completely dominated by Verrazano in the Tampa Derby (G2), will go next in the Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland. Trainer Kenny McPeek thinks he’s best on turf, but makes no bones about having Derby fever// Buried in an article about Oxbow heading to the Arkansas Derby, which is not really breaking news, there was a mention that D. Wayne Lukas may train Rebel (G2) winner Will Take Charge up to the Derby instead of racing in another prep beforehand. While the trend in recent years has been to extend the weeks between a final prep and the Derby as much as possible, it’s a surprising tactic for the old-school Lukas// more…

Where they’re going next (Downey Profile)
May Madness (Zipse at the Track)

Tesseron- PMM- 5F- 1:04.21- B- 3/8
Titletown Five- OP- 6F- 1.16:20- B- 1/1
Counting Days- SA- 5F- 1:00.80- H- 4/30

Quotes and Tweets:
"Looking likely talented Sunbean will be excluded from La Derby, which is wrong. Bottom of list (below even claimers!) cuz he's LA-bred"- Marcus Hersch via Twitter