PPs and previews for Wood and Santa Anita Derby// Blue Grass news// Texas Bling breezes// New rankings// more…

Entries were drawn for two important and historic Derby preps this Saturday- the Wood Memorial (G1) and Santa Anita Derby (G1). Serious contenders abound in both races, including undefeated Vyjack and Verrazano in the Wood, and graded stakes winners Hear the Ghost, Flashback, and Goldencents in the SA Derby. Previews, features, videos, and a link to free PPs can be found below. New security measures will be taken for entrants in both races. Some may feel it’s a little Big Brother-ish, but it doesn’t bother me. The sport has a horrible reputation of negligence when it comes to illegal substances administered by trainers and vets// Blue Gras probable Tesseron breezed a long 6-furlongs at Keeneland Wednesday. Josie Carroll says the colt is a late bloomer who likes the Polytrack surface. West Hill’s Giant, second last time out in the Gotham (G3), worked 4-furlongs at Belmont and will ship in for the Blue Grass// I had no idea the final time of 1 3/16 mile UAE Derby was so close to the final time of the 1 1/4 mile Dubai World Cup. Just 1.17 seconds separated the two races, which suggests Lines Of Battle’s victory in the UAE Derby was very slow. Oddsmaker Roxy Roxborough says not to be too concerned seeing as Meydan’s Tapeta surface quickened drastically between the two races due to the sudden drop in temperature// more…

Upcoming Kentucky Derby Point Races:

Wood Memorial (G1)
1 1/8 Miles
Time: 6:28PM ET
TV: NBC Sports
Previews: NYRA / Bloodhorse / Brisnet / DRF

Santa Anita Derby (G1)
Santa Anita
1 1/8 Miles
Time: 7:00PM ET
TV: NBC Sports

Roxborough on the UAE Derby (Downey Profile)


Texas Bling- OP- 5F- 1.01:60- B- 1/7
West Hills Giant- BEL- 4F- 49:10- B- 17/30
Tesseron- KEE- 6F- 1.16:20- B- 1/1

Quotes and Tweets:
"Derby third Departing arrived @ChurchillDowns at 7:30 a.m. and was bedded down in trainer Al Stall Jr.'s Barn 45"- Derby Media via Twitter

"David Wilkenfeld, owner of Vyjack, said he will match previously announced $20,000 reward for information regarding Rudy's latest positive"- David Grening via Twitter

"Rydilluc is settled nicely into Keeneland and had a great gallop today. Will breeze Thursday" Gary Contessa via Twitter

"Battaglia: #Verrazano needs to win #Wood impressively to be #KyDerby fave over #Orb"- Jennie Rees via Twitter