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Violette sees Samraat in Wood Memorial catbird seat

With the two principal speed horses lined up on the far outside of the Aqueduct starting gate, trainer Richard Violette likes his draw for Saturday's $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

Coastline works for Blue Grass

Coastline put in his final major work for next Saturday's $750,000 Blue Grass by working five furlongs in company in 1:00 2/5 at Keeneland on Friday. With jockey Stewart Elliott aboard, the gray Speightstown colt posted fractions of :12 2/5, :23 4/5 and :35 1/5 while racing on even terms with Noble Bird, a three-year-old maiden.

Conquest Titan looks to step up in Arkansas Derby

On the strength of his outstanding breeze March 29, Conquest Stables' Conquest Titan remains on target for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn April 12. The colt is currently one of seven horses leaning toward the 1 1/8-mile race. The other likely starters are Tapiture, Strong Mandate, Ride On Curlin, Bayern, Commissioner and Danza.

California Chrome 'ready to go'

It's the Golden State vs. the Bluegrass State Saturday.

California Chrome, bred in California, takes on seven rivals, all bred in Kentucky, in the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the West's major steppingstone to the 140th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 3.

Kentucky Derby Report -- April 4

The first round of major prep races is in the books, with Constitution proving to be a gutsy winner in the Florida Derby and Vicar's in Trouble leading wire to wire in the Louisiana Derby.

Gary West's Kentucky Derby Championship Series Review: Florida, Louisiana & UAE Derby

By Gary West, special to KentuckyDerby.com

Is this the year that the oldest Derby shibboleth goes down? To win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, a horse must have raced as a 2-year-old, the conditioning and foundation of that juvenile campaign being essential to spring-time success. Right?

California Chrome highlights deep Santa Anita Derby

California Chrome, a spectacular winner of the Grade 2 San Felipe on March 8, will look to carry his form forward when he lines up against seven rivals in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby. The Art Sherman-trained colt has a lot going for him but will be facing a couple of dangerous challengers in Candy Boy and Hoppertunity, who exit respective wins in the Grade 2 Bob Lewis and Grade 2 Rebel Stakes.

The Santa Anita Derby offers a total of 170 points to the top four finishers (100-40-20-10) as part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series. It will air on NBCSN from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (EDT).

Samraat, Uncle Sigh renew rivalry; Social Inclusion draws far outside in Wood

Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial shapes up to be a tremendous race. Samraat and Uncle Sigh, who exit a pair of thrilling battles in the Grade 3 Gotham and Grade 3 Withers, are the most accomplished members of the 11-horse field, and there is an exciting new face in the form of the unbeaten Social Inclusion, who will make his stakes debut following a pair of runaway wins at Gulfstream Park.

Social Inclusion arrives at Aqueduct; Kristo due in Tuesday

Unbeaten Social Inclusion arrived at Aqueduct at approximately 3 a.m. (EDT) on Monday after departing Gulfstream Park by van on Sunday, according to a tweet from owner Ron Sanchez.

Tonalist knocked out of Wood by lung infection

Promising three-year-old Tonalist will miss Saturday's Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct after coming down with a lung infection, the Christophe Clement stable confirmed via Twitter on Monday.

Full field projected for Blue Grass

A full gate of 14 runners is looking like a strong possibility for the 90th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass on April 12, the centerpiece of the 15-day Keeneland Spring Meet that opens Friday.

Ring Weekend, Cleburne entered in Calder Derby

Saturday's $250,000 Calder Derby is not a points-scoring race on the road to the Kentucky Derby, but the 1 1/8-mile test has attracted a pair of notable entrants in Ring Weekend and Cleburne.

O'Neill to Sherman: Enjoy the Derby ride

It's been nearly 60 years since Art Sherman had a horseman's interest in the Kentucky Derby. He was 18 in 1955 when he accompanied the great Swaps and his trainer Mesh Tenney to Churchill Downs to prepare the colt for his victory in the Run for the Roses 59 years ago.

Florida Derby top three doing well, headed for rematch in Kentucky

Constitution emerged from his gutsy victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in good order, trainer Todd Pletcher reported.

"He came out of (the Florida Derby) really well. He returned home to Palm Meadows this morning and seemed to be in good shape," Pletcher said Sunday afternoon while being honored as the leading trainer Gulfstream's Champions Meet for the 11th consecutive year.

McLaughlin disappointed by Cairo Prince's Florida Derby

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was extremely disappointed by Cairo Prince's fourth-place performance in Saturday's Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, but he couldn't have been more satisfied with the beaten favorite's condition at Palm Meadows Sunday morning.

'All Others' A Rare Favorite in Final 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool

Since the debut of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) in 1999, the overall betting choice in the year’s final future betting pool has in most years inherited the role of the most-likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at the Louisville track on the first Saturday in May.

But that will not be the case in 2014.

Vicar's In Trouble pulls off in Louisiana Derby

Vicar's In Trouble broke his maiden by 13 lengths at Fair Grounds in December and recorded a 6 3/4-length decision in the Lecomte one month later, but couldn't make it three in a row in the Risen Star last out on February 22 when finishing behind Intense Holiday and Albano as the near 5-2 favorite.

Constitution ratifies classic credentials in Florida Derby

The lightly-raced Constitution will head to the May 3 Kentucky Derby undefeated after posting a game victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 $2 Exacta Will-Pays

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 Final Odds & Will-Pays