Monday Morning's Derby Trail Notes

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10:16 am EDT

Highlights from updates to our Looking Good, Worth Watching and Just In Case pages. Refer to those pages for details.

Probable for the Rebel Stakes, according to the Oaklawn Park press office: Always in a Tiz, Big Lute, Capo Bastone, Carve, Delhomme, Den’s Legacy, Hardrock Eleven, Oxbow, So Raise Yourglass, Super Ninety Nine, Texas Bling, Treasury Bill and Will Take Charge. Heaven's Runway and Proud Strike are possible.

Chad Brown's BALANCE THE BOOKS (Worth Watching) Sunday put in his eighth breeze since Jan. 14, four in :49.80 (20/39) at PMM.

Steve Asmussen on CARVE (Just In Case) after his Sunday breeze beating a rain storm to the track. He breezed four in :50.40 (12/27) at OP. “All’s well, and the work went as planned. We got a little lucky that this was his normal set, and we were able to get him out and back without any problem. We feel good about where he’s at. That’s what we were looking at today and he’s on the way to the Rebel like we’d been pointing him.”

Todd Pletcher's DELHOMME (Looking Good) Sunday breezed for the eighth time since Jan. 20, five in 1:00.80 (3/26) at PMM for the Rebel.

Bob Baffert's DEN'S LEGACY (Worth Watching) and SUPER NINETY NINE (Looking Good) Sunday worked five in :59.80 (2/52) in company at SA.

Assisant trainer Leandro Mora on GOLDENCENTS (Worth Watching): “He came out really good. He ate well, but I would say he knows, that in his mind, he was upset that he got beat. He was pinning his ears back a little bit and he never does that. He’s just a kid. He’s learning the basics right now, I think. (The Santa Anita Derby is) up to the owners. I guess they’re going to have a meeting and talk about it, but they’ll decide whether to run in the Santa Anita Derby or try somewhere else.”

Pletcher's MICROMANAGE (Just In Case) Sunday breezed for the third time since his extended layoff ended, four in :50.20 (24/39) at PMM.

Brown's NORMANDY INVASION (Looking Good) Sunday breezed for the first time since the Risen Star, four in :48.00 (2/39) at PMM.

Pletcher's REVOLUTIONARY (Looking Good) Sunday kept marching on toward the Louisiana Derby, breezing five in 1:01.40 (6/26) at PMM.

Pletcher's SHANGHAI BOBBY (Looking Good) Sunday put in his fourth breeze for the Florida Derby, five in 1:02.80 (18/26) at PMM.

Bob Baffert's SUPER NINETY NINE (Looking Good), prepping for next Saturday’s Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, Sunday worked five furlongs in company with DEN'S LEGACY (Worth Watching) for Bob Baffert. Each was clocked in 59.80. Rafael Bejarano was aboard Super Ninety Nine, while Erick Lopez rode Den’s Legacy.

Danele Durham on TEXAS BLING's (Just In Case) Saturday breeze: “It was an absolutely fabulous work. A horse broke off in front of him and it gave him something to shoot for. He kept getting stronger and stronger and we caught him coming home in 12 and change and really strong on the end and gaining. He vetted 100 percent today and has been a beast in the shedrow. He’s had three workman-like works. Cliff is looking forward to it.”

WAR ACADEMY (Worth Watching), fourth in the Grade II San Vicente, worked on Sunday and is among six entered in a 1 1/16 allowance at Santa Anita on Friday.


Promoted Hear the Ghost from Just In Case to Looking Good.

Promoted Java's War from Just In Case to Worth Watching.

Demoted Goldencents from Looking Good to Worth Watching.

Added Freedom Child, impressive nine-furlong maiden winner at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, to Worth Watching.

Added Mr Palmer, the Private Terms winner, to Just In Case. Added Taken by the Storm, a Gulfstream turf allowance winner, to Just In Case.

Deleted Bold Dance, Carving, Clawback, Dynamic Strike and Whiskey Romeo from Just In Case.

Deleted Eton Blue, Honorable Dillon, Omega Star, Park City and Purple Egg from Worth Watching.