- Still hanging in Florida, where the weather is gorgeous (sorry) and the posting light.
- The NY Daily News reports that Kentucky Derby “contender” Private Vow breezed six furlongs yesterday morning in 1:15.20 at the Palm Meadow Training Center in Florida. Steve Asmussen is pointing him to the Rebel on March18 for his sophomore debut. But it’s hard for me to put the “contender” label on any horse who plans to go into the Derby with just two preps after a long layoff, which apparently is the plan.
As Todd Pletcher prepares to bring High Cotton back to the races on Wednesday, he reported that Half Ours is off the Derby trail after re-aggravating an injury he suffered as a 2-year-old.
"He's back on the farm in Ocala for some stall rest for now....He reopened the old fracture. We'll just monitor him and see how quickly it heals." [Daily Racing Form]- Nice win for Buzzard’s Bay in the All American at Golden Gate; it’s his first win since last year’s Santa Anita Derby and only the 4th of his career. His time for the nine furlongs was an excellent 1:47 1/5. "The light bulb went on today," [jockey Jose] Valdivia said. "Hopefully, it will stay on." [SFGate.com]
- Wayne Lukas announced that Folklore is not yet “into her program” and will miss the Santa Anita Oaks.
- The lack of incisive press coverage of our favorite game has been something my fellow turf bloggers have been talking about lately; we’ve been discussing the idea of giving out awards to recognize efforts of good reporting when we see it. Here’s one worth reading by Bill Finley on ESPN.com. The trades reported without much comment or anaylsis the firing of jockey agent Jim Pegram by Garrett Gomez. Finley takes an in-depth look at Pegram’s key role in the resurrection of Gomez’s career after two years off due to substance abuse problems. He concludes of Gomez: He's got a lot of attributes. Apparently, loyalty isn't one of them. [ESPN.com]