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News on the Derby Trail

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 3/20/2013 7:04:47 PM

As we rapidly move toward the Kentucky Derby, it’s important for online sports betting site players to maintain a book on all of the contenders and to watch to see how they are doing and which races they are being pointed to for the next challenge.

And here is an update on some of the possible contenders in the Run for the Roses.

Orb had worked last week in his first major drill since winning the Fountain of Youth and he was clocked in :48.40 at Payson Park. He is expected to stay in Florida and go next in the Florida Derby on March 30.

Orb has the blood to thrive as he is out of a dam that banked over $200,000 and if you go deep in the pedigree you’ll find Mesabi Maiden, who won the Grade 1 Black Eyed Susan Stakes at 9 furlongs on her way to a near $250,000 career.

Flashback will have a new rider moving forward. After Julien Leparoux pushed the issue early on a fast pace when the colt lost in the San Felipe, Garrett Gomez replaced him last week. Other than getting married to Mike Mitchell’s daughter, things have not gone great for Leparouux of late.

This is online betting money time for Bob Baffert and his stable and he is just doing to best thing for Flashback.

Vyjack’s trainer Rudy Rodriguez will be missing in action for a while. He has been suspended 20 dams for a positive testing of the drug flunixin.

Vyjack will likely next be seen in the Wood Memorial on April 6 and will be under the care of Rudy’s brother, Gustavo.

His starters Heiden and Alston Gunter came back with the positive result. Heiden won as the 8-5 favorite and Alston Gunter ran third at 5-2.

The New York State Gaming Commission had originally imposed a 40-day suspension on Rodriguez. He will not have to serve the other 20 days if there are no other drug positives in horses he trains in the next year.

Flunixin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat horses with muscular-skeletal disorders and colic.

Rodriguez, who is the leading trainer in the current Aqueduct meet, is a former employee of Rick Dutrow Jr.; the trainer who is serving a 10-year suspension after New York regulators said he had committed a variety of racing rule violations.

Hear the Ghost, who won the San Felipe Stakes over Flashback and Goldencents, may not be as good as some think. He got a set up in that horse betting victory as they went crazy up front going 1:09.94 early and the leaders just were spent. Hear the Ghost’s final time of 1:42.34 also does not stand up very well.

Earlier in the dam a claimer won at the same distance 8 and a half-furlong distance in 1:42.80.

Novices and hunch players will be all over Holy Bull Stakes winner Itsmyluckyday if he gets to the Kentucky Derby.

The Eddie Plesa charge has worked several times since the Holy Bull. He drilled a clever mile at Calder on March 9 in 1:46.18 and the way he finished must be noted. He came home his final quarter mile in :24.63.

Last Saturday he drilled a best of the morning 1:01 for 5 furlongs. It was also a nice spin, considering a stakes placed older horse put in the second best work.

Normandy Invasion proved he could run last year when the tough beat in the Remsen but he got a horrible trip in the Risen Star. He will have a new rider as Javier Castellano replaces Jose Lezcano.

This Chad Brown student drill last Sunday at Palm Meadows in the best of the morning :59.76 for 5 furlongs. Palace Malice, who was third beaten a half-length in the Risen Star, posted the next fastest drill of 1:00.14.

Invasion’s next stop is the Wood Memorial.

Players should try to stay on top of all the Triple Crown activity.

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