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SOUTH / PLETCHER’S DISCREETLY MINE HEADS BAKER’S DOZEN IN LOUISIANA DERBY – E. Paul Robsham’s Discreetly Mine, a front-running winner of Fair Grounds Risen Star (GII) on Feb. 20, figures to have more company on the front end Saturday has he faces a dozen foes in the 97th running of the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (Grade II) at the New Orleans track.
SOUTH / JODY SLEW LIKELY FOR TODAY’S FAIR GROUNDS OAKS – Martin Racing Stable’s Jody Slew, winner of Fair Grounds’ Silverbulletday (GIII) and Tiffany Lass, is expected to be in the starting gate with 10 other 3-year-old fillies in Friday’s 44th running of the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds.
El Camino Real Derby (G3) hero CONNEMARA (Giant's Causeway) is the only graded stakes winner in the 10-horse field entered in Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End S. (G2) at Turfway Park, and that fact explains his status as the 9-5 favorite on the morning line. A major Kentucky Derby (G1) prep, the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack test anchors the 12-race program that features six stakes.
Jill Byrne analyzes the upcoming Derby prep races
AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again) breezed six furlongs in 1:14 over the fast Belmont Park training track Thursday morning in his first serious move since posting a 1 1/4-length score in the Gotham S. (G3) on March 6. The move was likely his final serious timed work before an expected start in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 3.
A front-running winner of the San Rafael S. (G3) and Southwest S. (G3), CONVEYANCE (Indian Charlie) will make his final Kentucky Derby (G1) prep against eight rivals in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3).
Jill Byrne talks about what it takes to get a horse from the farm to the track
Eskendereya, Lookin At Lucky Favored in Final March 26-28 Pool of Churchill Downs 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Zayat Racing Stable’s Eskendereya, a dazzling 8 ½-length winner of the Fountain of Youth (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park, and Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Lookin At Lucky, America’s reigning 2-year-old champion and winner of Oaklawn Park’s Rebel (GIII) in his 2010 debut, loom as the likely favorites heading into the third and final three-day pool of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
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