Saturday Morning's Derby Trail Notes

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3/16/2013
9:59 am EDT

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

David Carroll said ABSTRACTION (Just In Case) will be pointed to the Belmont Stakes, "and work backwards from there.” He ruled out the Kentucky Derby.

Todd Pletcher's DELHOMME (Looking Good) yesterday walked the shedrow at Oaklawn.

"I’ve got to do a little better job training him. I will, and we’ll be tough in the Santa Anita Derby,” Doug O'Neill said of GOLDENCENTS (Worth Watching).

Jeff Greenhill's MAC THE MAN (Just In Case) Friday breezed the final time for the Spiral Stakes, five in 1:02.40 (2/11) at TP.

MUDFLATS (not listed) is being pointed to the Sunland Derby by D. O'Neill.

Jim Barnes, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, on SUPER NINETY NINE (Looking Good): “His weight’s good, his color’s good, he’s happy.” The colt arrived at Oaklawn from Southern California on Thursday. Photo by Brenon Hensley/Oaklawn.

Wayne Catalano on TITLE CONTENDER (Just In Case): “Mr. West called and said he wanted to insure a fast pace. He didn't want Mr. Baffert out there in front by five or six lengths any more. We had been looking at Sunland Derby, but this is what Mr. West wanted to do.”

Paul Aguirre on TIZ A MINISTER (Worth Watching): “I don’t have a jockey for him...if we run in the Santa Anita Derby, but if we go in the Blue Grass, Gomez would be available.” Meanwhile, on Friday the Fair Grounds press office listed Tiz a Minister as probable for the Louisiana Derby.

“I think he’s sitting on tilt right now. He’s been working unbelievable," said Joe Talamo of TREASURY BILL (Worth Watching). Ron Ellis' Treasury Bill arrived in Hot Springs on Thursday and took his first trip to the track Friday.

VYJACK (Looking Good) Friday breezed four in :51.20 (17/20) at AQU. Trainer R. Rodriguez begins a 20-day suspension today.