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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Notes - Feb 15

- Big day for John Servis at Oaklawn Thursday, as his Acorn/Fantasy winner Round Pond makes her first start since running second in the Delaware Oaks last July. His top Derby prospect Jolted and Jostled goes in a first-level allowance, but he meets Brilliant (War Chant), Neil Howard’s “other” horse. There’s also Stalwartly (Gone West), a smart debut winner for Asmussen, and a half-brother to crack sprinter Orientate, who also won stakes at a route.

- Point Determined looks like a cinch against four others at Golden Gate, in which should be nothing more than a workout for Baffert’s son of Point Given. He had previously tabbed him for the March 4 Santa Catalina, and perhaps that race is still not out of the question. Also on the card, good luck to Brad, whose Leave To Appeal drops down to a competitive level for him in the 3rd.

- Achilles of Troy, also on that Lauren Stitch list of no-pedigree Derby pretenders, will stay in New York after all for the Gotham.

- Don't you just hate redboarding?