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Social Inclusion, Samraat ready for Wood Memorial

Social Inclusion, who was credited with a four-furlong breeze in :49 1/5 on Saturday over Gulfstream Park's fast dirt, will work twice more in Florida before he ships to New York for the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on Saturday, April 5, owner Ronald Sanchez said via telephone on Sunday.

Sweet Reason, Noble Moon work for Gyarmati

Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason remains on course for her next engagement, the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle on Saturday, April 5, after working a mile in company with Jerome hero Noble Moon Sunday morning over Belmont Park's fast training track.

Honor Code injured, off Derby trail

Remsen winner Honor Code has been knocked off the Kentucky Derby trail by a suspensory injury.

General a Rod puts in final major move for Florida Derby

Since going out on his own in 2003, trainer Mike Maker has taken five horses down the Triple Crown trail, including Hansen, the undefeated two-year-old male champion of 2011.

We Miss Artie takes Spiral in three-horse photo

Appearing not to be making much headway in deep stretch of Grade 3, $523,380 Spiral at Turfway Park, We Miss Artie nonetheless refused to quit. When the dueling leaders, Harry's Holiday and Coastline, began to shorten stride inside the sixteenth pole, We Miss Artie grinded his way into a three-way photo, which the son Artie Schiller won by a nose over Harry's Holiday, with Coastline another head behind in third.

California Chrome, Candy Boy tune up for SA Derby clash

California Chrome and Candy Boy, who figure to be the top two betting choices in the Santa Anita Derby, had their penultimate workouts Saturday morning for the Grade 1, $1 million race on April 5. California Chrome sped a half-mile at his Los Alamitos headquarters and Candy Boy drilled six furlongs at Santa Anita.

Cairo Prince tops Florida Derby worktab

Cairo Prince, the probable favorite in next Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, breezed an easy half-mile in :50 4/5 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows.

Ramsey, Campbell looking for a Spiral/classic repeat

We Miss Artie may have finished more than 17 lengths behind the winner in last month's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, but the story could be different Saturday with the Grade 3 Spiral on the Polytrack. A Grade 1 winner over Keeneland's Polytrack last fall, the Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred by Artie Schiller was installed as the 4-1 morning-line second choice for Saturday's $550,000 race at Turfway Park.

Saturday Deadline for Late Nominations for 2104 Triple Crown Series

The late nomination window for the races of the 2014 Triple Crown series is scheduled to close to owners and trainers of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds in North America and abroad on Saturday, March 22.

California Chrome confirmed for SA Derby; Bayern gets back to work

Streaking California Chrome will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5, trainer Art Sherman confirmed Thursday morning from his Los Alamitos headquarters.

Mexikoma skipping Derby, targeting Peter Pan, Belmont Stakes

Team Valor International has the pulled the plug on preparing Mexikoma for a Kentucky Derby prep race and will focus instead on the final leg of the Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.

Kentucky Derby Report -- March 20

Bob Baffert continued his mastery of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, winning the 1 1/16-mile event for the fourth time in the last five years as Hoppertunity emerged as a viable Kentucky Derby contender. The Hall of Fame trainer had to be pleased to see his inexperienced colt overcome a rough trip.

Tamaranda heads Spiral

A full field of 12 sophomores has been entered for the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral on Saturday at Turfway Park.

The race will be worth points on a 50-20-10-5 basis as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.

Sunland Derby features a surplus of speed

The powerhouse stables of Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher will be represented by four of the nine entries in Sunday's Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, a 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Derby prep which awards points of 50-20-10-5 to the first four finishers toward eligibility for the May 3 classic at Churchill Downs.

Zito mulling Florida Derby option for Spot

Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito was philosophical Wednesday morning when discussing the next race for 91-year-old owner Joseph Moss's Spot, surprise winner of the $150,000 Swale at Gulfstream Park on March 1.

Gary West's Kentucky Derby Championship Series Review: Rebel

By Gary West, special to KentuckyDerby.com

Last year, for the first time since 2008, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert didn’t saddle a horse in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. But he could have. In fact, he could have sent out a few horses to pursue the roses. But having won the most famous of races three times, Baffert understood the Derby’s demands and its toll. He knew the sort of horse needed if there was to be any chance for success. And, he said, since he and his owners didn’t just want to participate but rather wanted to win, they would rather pass the race if they didn’t believe they had such a horse or the horse wasn’t ready for a top effort.

Hoppertunity headed back to California, for now

Rebel Stakes winner Hoppertunity was doing well Sunday morning and preparing to board a plane back to Southern California where a final decision will be made in the coming weeks about the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby April 12. Trainer Bob Baffert said he won't know until closer to the race if it will be Hoppertunity or one of his stablemates returning to Oaklawn for one of the last preps before the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

Sherman taking 'wait and see' approach with California Chrome

Trainer Art Sherman said there was "a chance" that Grade 2 San Felipe hero California Chrome could run in the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Derby on April 5, but any firm plans for the California-bred colt's next race were still undetermined as of Sunday morning.

Sanchez to make decision on Social Inclusion by midweek

Ron Sanchez, principal of Rontos Racing Stable Corp., said a decision is expected by midweek regarding the sale of three-year-old sensation Social Inclusion, who cruised to a 10-length allowance victory over well-regarded Honor Code at Gulfstream on March 12. The bay colt is trained by Manuel Azpurua.

Hoppertunity prevails in troubled Rebel finish

Hoppertunity not only got the best of three other rivals in a close finish in Saturday's Grade 2, $600,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park, the bay colt also survived a stewards inquiry and jockey objection for interference in the stretch run to earn his first stakes victory.