Itsmyluckyday goes long at Calder// Golden Soul works ahead of potential Derby start// Picks for Lexington Stakes// more…

Two Kentucky Derby contenders had longer than normal breezes today. Itsmyluckyday worked a mile at Calder and the report from the Daily Racing Form reminds of us of how nice it is when Mike Welsch is present. Not only are there informative quotes from trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., who was more than pleased with the move, but Welsch makes the astute observation that the Calder course was “cut up pretty well” just before the renovation break// At Churchill Downs, Dallas Stewart sent Golden Soul out for a strong 6-furlong breeze. The colt currently sits at #23 in the point standings (or #21 depending on the leaderboard you look at) and Stewart thinks he’s “very credible”. Although Golden Soul’s recent prep outings are nothing to write home about, he was always closing and Stewart contends the more distance the better// A decision has still not been made on whether Falling Sky will start next in the Kentucky Derby, but the would-be rider is set in stone. Luis Saez, who rode Falling Sky to victory in a December allowance at Gulfstream, would get his first Derby mount aboard the son of Lion Heart// Several handicappers have weighed in on how they see Saturday’s Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland shaping up. Picks are linked below// Dave Tuley at the Daily Racing Form makes an argument of parlaying your Derby horse from race-to-race (in other words: betting the selection to win in each of the Triple Crown Races) as opposed to betting the Triple Crown wager beforehand offered by Wynn Las Vegas. He uses Verrazano’s 12-1 odds to win the Triple Crown as an example of where you would most likely make more money betting him to win in each leg of the Triple Crown// more…

Upcoming Kentucky Derby Points Race:

Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G3)
1 1/16 Miles
Previews: Keeneland / DRF / Bloodhorse


Derby Gauge Top 15 (In The Money)

Itsmyluckyday- CRC- 1M- 1.43:20- H- 1/2
Golden Soul- CD- 6F- 1.12:40- B- 1/3

Quotes and Tweets:
"Itsmyluckyday:26.82 :53.82 1:18.29 mile in 1:43.10 last 1/2 :49.29 finished well when asked over cut up track just B4 break at CRC"- Mike Welsch via Twitter

Golden Soul, hoping to get into #KyDerby, breezed 6F in 1:12.40 to 7/8 pole. Splits: 12, 23.40, 35, 46.80 & 59. Out 7F in 1:27.40- Derby Media via Twitter

"If Falling Sky runs in the Derby, Luis Saez would ride, says Nick Sallusto, racing manager for the owners"- Davide Grening via Twitter