Top 10 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Brisnet Derby Top 10 -- May 2

1. Dialed In -- The rallying winner of arguably the most competitive prep this season, the Florida Derby (G1), fired a warning shot to his rivals with a terrific half-mile work at Palm Meadows last Thursday. By blazing his final furlong in :11 3/5 and finishing well clear of his workmate, the Nick Zito trainee signaled that he'll enter the Kentucky Derby (G1) in razor-sharp form.

Barn Notes,May 1 - Joyful Victory Dazzles

ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Arienza is no longer under consideration for Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and will most likely run in Friday’s$100,000 Eight Belles (GIII) Presented by ACS, trainer Danny Peitz said Sunday morning , before adding, “unless (ToddPletcher’s filly (R Heat Lightning) and (LarryJones’ filly (Joyful Victo

Barn Notes May 1: Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty Work Together

ANIMAL KINGDOM/TOBY’S CORNER – Dianne D Cotter’s homebred Toby’s Corner, winner of the Wood Memorial (GI), breezed six furlongs in 1:15 Sunday morning over the Tapeta surface at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md.

“It was very non-eventful. It went exactly how I hoped it would,” trainer Graham Motion said. “Basically, it is exactly what we did with him before the Wood Memorial.”

Sire Mineshaft can make his mark in Derby

by John Mucciolo

In Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), two top contenders, Dialed In and Nehro, are sired by Mineshaft. While the name Mineshaft is not necessarily commonplace outside of the Bluegrass region of Central Kentucky, no racing guru should be surprised by the success that the blue-blooded stallion has endured on the Road to the Kentucky Derby this season.

Machen Rallies in The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial

Courtlandt Farms’ Machen, rallying strongly in the center of the track, got up in the final strides to edge Dominus by a neck to win the 87th running of the $231,400 The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (Grade III) for 3-year-olds before an opening-night crowd of 38,142 at Churchill Downs.

Barn Notes for April 30 - Works by Four Fillies

ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s lightly raced Arienza walked the shedrow at Barn 37 Saturday morning, a day after working a bullet five furlongs in :59.40.

She came out of the work real good and ate up, which is good to see when she worked as fast as she did,” trainer Dan Peitz said.

Barn Notes for April 30 - Dialed In Checks In

ANIMAL KINGDOM/TOBY’S CORNERTeam Valor International’s Animal Kingdom answered any questions about his readiness for the Derby Saturday morning with a sharp six-furlong work in 1:13 at Churchill Downs.

Arienza Dazzles, But Still on Fence for Kentucky Oaks 137, Three More Oaks Fillies Work and Summer Soiree Gallops at Churchill

ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Fantasy (GII) runner-up Arienza worked five furlongs in :59.40 over a track labeled as “fast” matching Kentucky Derby hopeful Archarcharch for the fastest time of 58 at the distance Friday morning at Churchill Downs.

With retired jockey Larry Melancon up, Arienza clicked off fractions of :11.80, :23.20 and :34.40.

Archarcharch Sizzles, Decisive Moment Solid

ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom galloped a mile and a half at 7:15 Friday morning, a little more than an hour earlier than the time reserved for Derby and Oaks horses.

Trainer Graham Motion said he couldn’t get Animal Kingdom and Team Valor International’s Kentucky Oaks candidate Summer Soiree out at the same time during the Derby-Oaks break so the Leroidesanimaux colt went out during the busier period.

Kentucky Oaks Report

The Kentucky Oaks (G1) is fast approaching, and this week will be the final Report before the race. I'll finish my analysis of the runners, starting with the bottom five of my Top 10 list and continuing with the rest of the prospective field, including recent defectors.