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Trainer Steve Margolis will likely run both LITTLE MISS HOLLY (Maria's Mon) and SWITCHING GEARS (Tapit) in the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).
The Margolis filly who might have been expected to take part, BOUQUET BOOTH (Flower Alley), will skip the Fair Grounds Oaks after finishing fourth in the February 19 Rachel Alexandra S. (G3). Bouquet Booth had previously won the Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds and the Delta Downs Princess S. (G3).
Undefeated Hutcheson S. (G2) romper FLASHPOINT (Pomeroy) motored five-eighths in a bullet :59 4/5 Friday at Gulfstream Park, best of 14 works at the distance on the fast track.
Trainer Rick Dutrow expects the up-and-coming gray to contest the April 3 Swale S. (G2), held over the same seven-furlong trip as the Hutcheson, but has not completely ruled out a tilt at the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby (G1) on the same day.
UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) launched his three-year-old season with an easy victory in the Timely Writer S. at Gulfstream Park and the unbeaten champ will receive his final prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the April 9 Wood Memorial (G1). Saturday's performance won't change many opinions about him -- his supporters were thrilled with the impressive showing while his detractors still don't like his chance at 1 1/4 miles.
Final Day to Submit Online Nominations for Kentucky Oaks Day Survivors Parade is Friday, March 18 at 5 p.m. ET
The final day to nominate someone to march in this year’s Survivors Parade on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs is Friday (March 18) at 5 p.m. ET.
To borrow Bill O'Reilly's tag line, the spin stops here in Saturday's $300,000 Rebel S. (G2) for the brilliantly-speedy THE FACTOR (War Front): will the Bob Baffert pupil pass his two-turn audition? Or might he fail to live up to the hype and burst his Kentucky Derby (G1) bubble? Either way, The Factor is entering the no-spin zone at Oaklawn Park.
Before attention is turned to the $150,000 Inside Information S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, a $55,600 entry-level allowance for three-year-olds will garner a share of the spotlight. Carded as the 3RD race, the one-turn mile features the WinStar homebred CAL NATION (Distorted Humor), a dazzling debut winner at Gulfstream on February 5.
D. Wayne Lukas, the last trainer to complete a Louisiana Derby (G3) and Kentucky Derby (G1) double with Grindstone in 1996, will have a chance to replicate that feat this year with one of two colts under consideration for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 26.
"I'm either going to bring the colt that won here the other day quite impressively," Lukas said, referring to March 12 Oaklawn Park maiden winner DUCA (Empire Maker), "or I've got a horse called QUIET ASSAULT (Quiet American) that I'm considering also."
Holy Bull S. (G3) runner-up SWEET DUCKY (Pulpit) will point to the $2 million U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) after being sold to undisclosed interests, according to a Monday report in The Blood-Horse.
Formerly owned by George and Lori Hall, Sweet Ducky had been training up to the April 3 Florida Derby (G1) for conditioner Kelly Breen.
Sweet Ducky is slated to ship to Dubai Tuesday, along with the other American horses who will run on the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) card.
With jockey Luis Quinonez aboard, ALTERNATION (Distorted Humor) geared up for Saturday's Rebel S. (G2) by covering four furlongs in :48 3/5 over a wet-fast track at Oaklawn Park Monday. He was a 3 1/4-length allowance winner against older rivals on February 21.
Premier Pegasus, who earned $150,000 for his runaway victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Felipe at Santa Anita, jumped from No. 27 to No. 13 on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List. The list will likely determine the field for the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.