Road to the Derby: Next-Race Plans

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3/15/2011
10:30 am EDT

By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile


As the list of contenders for the Kentucky Derby begins to shrink, but with a lot of hopefuls still gunning for the first Saturday in May, here are next-race plans for 53 horses on our lists.

ALTERNATION (KY)--Rebel Stakes this Saturday.

ANTHONY'S CROSS (PA)--Santa Anita Derby on April 9.

ARCH TRAVELER (KY)--Waiting to see if there are defections in the April 3 Florida Derby; could go in the April 9 Wood Memorial instead.

ARCHARCHARCH (KY)--Rebel Stakes.

ASTROLOGY (KY)--Rebel Stakes was the plan but now that's been scrapped. Sunland Park Derby?

BEAMER (KY)--Allowance race at Keeneland.

BENCH POINTS (CA)--Santa Anita Derby.

BLUE LASER (KY)--Off the Derby Trail.

BRETHREN (KY)--Arkansas Derby on April 16.

CAL NATION (KY)--Last we heard, a one-turn allowance race this month--but that could change.

CALEB'S POSSE (KY)--Rebel Stakes.

COMMA TO THE TOP (FL)--"We’re keeping all of our options open. We just don’t want to hook a race where it’s ridiculous fractions like this,” trainer Peter Miller said after the San Felipe.

CRIMSON CHINA (KY)--Been breezing on turf. Next start unknown here.

CRIMSON KNIGHT (KY)--Options are open and he could be for sale.

DECISIVE MOMENT (FL)-- March 26 Louisiana Derby or Florida Derby.

DIALED IN (KY)--Florida Derby.

DREAMINOFTHEWIN (KY)--Rebel Stakes.

ELITE ALEX (ON)--Rebel Stakes.

FLASHPOINT (FL)--Owner said the Swale is next; trainer Dutrow said he'd still consider the Florida Derby. Those races are the same day.

GLINT (KY)--Rebel Stakes.

GOURMET DINNER (FL)--Florida Derby or Santa Anita Derby.

J P'S GUSTO (KY)--Rebel Stakes.

J W BLUE (KY)--Rebel Stakes.

JAYCITO (KY)--Santa Anita Derby.

LEFT (KY)--Louisiana Derby.

MACHEN (KY)--Louisiana Derby.

MR. COMMONS (KY)--Don't know about this one.

MUCHO MACHO MAN (FL)--Louisiana Derby.

NACHO BUSINESS (KY)--Based at Palm Meadows; "nominated to all the big races."

NACHO SAINT (KY)--Maybe the Illinois Derby.

POSITIVE RESPONSE (FL)--Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes on March 26.

PREMIER PEGASUS (KY)--The Santa Anita Derby unless stablemate Riveting Reason goes in that one. If so, another race out of state will be chosen.

RIVETING REASON (KY)--The Santa Anita Derby unless stablemate Premier Pegasus goes in that one. If so, another race out of state will be chosen.

ROGUE ROMANCE (KY)--Will miss the Louisiana Derby with a foot bruise. Now pointing to either the Arkansas Derby or Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, both on April 16.

SANTIVA (KY)--Toyota Blue Grass.

SILVER MEDALLION (KY)--The Louisiana Derby, which would be his first start on dirt. Trainer Asmussen says there's a 25% chance he'll go in the Santa Anita Derby instead.

SOLDAT (KY)--Florida Derby.

SOUR (KY)--Possibly the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes.

SOVEREIGN DEFAULT (FL)--Recent gap in work pattern followed by three-furlong breeze at Palm Meadows.

SPLASH POINT (KY)--UAE Derby.

STAY THIRSTY (KY)--Florida Derby or possibly Arkansas Derby.

SWAY AWAY (KY)--Rebel Stakes.

SWEET DUCKY (KY)--UAE Derby on March 26.

THE FACTOR (KY)--Rebel Stakes.

THIRTYFIRSTSTREET (CA)--Not confirmed but the Santa Anita Derby looks likely.

TO HONOR AND SERVE (KY)--Florida Derby.

TOBY'S CORNER (KY)--The Illinois Derby on April 9 could be next.

TRAVELIN MAN (KY)--Maybe the Swale? Working at Palm Meadows.

TWINSPIRED (KY)--Don't know yet, but the Vinery Spiral will be next if connections are still shooting for the Derby.

UNCLE BRENT (KY)--Too early to tell if he'll go in the Arkansas Derby.

UNCLE MO (KY)--Wood Memorial.

WATCH ME GO (FL)--Possibly the Florida Derby, or maybe the Illinois Derby.

WILKINSON (KY)--Louisiana Derby.