Trainer Mark Casse confirmed the April 15 Grade 1 Arkansas Derby as the next start for Champion 2-year-old Male Classic Empire.
Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes hero Practical Joke will have his final Kentucky Derby prep in Keeneland’s Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes on April 8 with jockey Joel Rosario at the controls.
Mo Town, winner of the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct last year, will ship to that track from his Florida winter base at Payson Park on April 3 to run in the April 8 Grade 2 Wood Memorial.
Trainer Todd Pletcher entered both Always Dreaming and Battalion Runner in Gulfstream Park’s Grade 1 Florida Derby on April 1, but only the former is expected to run in that race due to common ownership.
Battalion Runner is under consideration for both the Wood Memorial and Arkansas Derby.
Pletcher’s unbeaten Grade 3 Southwest Stakes victor One Liner is possible for both the Wood Memorial and Arkansas Derby.
Malagacy, who also sports a perfect record in three starts for Pletcher, is confirmed for the Arkansas Derby.
Pletcher’s Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby hero Tapwrit will have his final prep for Kentucky in the Blue Grass Stakes under jockey Jose Ortiz.
Grade 2 Rebel Stakes show finisher Untrapped remains on course for the Arkansas Derby and will be equipped with blinkers for his next work.
Lookin At Lee, the third-place finisher in the Southwest, will return in the Blue Grass Stakes or Arkansas Derby.
Co-owner and trainer Ron Moquett said Petrov, currently 23rd on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 13 qualifying points, is being pointed to the Arkansas Derby with a rider to be named soon.
Comebacking jockey Rajiv Maragh will have the mount on Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes winner Irish War Cry when Graham Motion’s charge runs in the Wood Memorial.
Skychai Racing purchased a minority interest from owner Dr. Kendall Hansen in Turfway Park’s Grade 3 Spiral Stakes champion Fast and Accurate, who will be supplemented to the Kentucky Derby.
Spiral Stakes runner-up Blueridge Traveler is possible for the Arkansas Derby.
Grade 3 Sunland Derby champ Hence will target the Kentucky Derby but may have a final prep, according to conditioner Steve Asmussen.
The connections of Sunland Derby runner-up Conquest Mo Money tried to make the horse a late nominee to the Triple Crown on March 24, but missed the deadline four days earlier and the nomination was rejected.
Owners Sandra and Tom McKenna will have to pay a $200,000 supplemental fee in order for Conquest Mo Money to enter the Kentucky Derby should the colt have sufficient qualifying points to run for the roses.
Conquest Mo Money earned 20 qualifying points in the Sunland Derby and may try to add to that total and his bankroll in the Arkansas Derby.
The connections of Thunder Snow, who punched his ticket to Louisville with a victory in Meydan’s Group 2 UAE Derby on March 25, are considering the Kentucky Derby, as well as several other options.
UAE Derby (G2) runner-up Epicharis, who was guaranteed a spot to run for the roses as the points leader on the separate Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, has been removed from consideration by his connections.
Mont Saint Legame, who is now assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby with the second-highest points total on the Japan Road, is reportedly targeting the April 8 grassy Group 2 New Zealand Trophy Stakes at Tokyo for his next start.
Adirato, third on the Japan Road leaderboard, returned to that country following his 12th-place finish in the UAE Derby and is reportedly out of Kentucky Derby consideration.
Trainer Gustavo Delgado confirmed via Twitter (@GDS_Racing) that surprise Florida Derby hopeful Coleman Rocky will be supplemented to the Run for the Roses if he earns his way into the race.
Santa Anita maiden winner Kimbear, who was scratched from the Sunland Derby, is now expected to remain home and enter the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 8.
After Gulfstream Park scrapped its listed Spectacular Bid Stakes slated on March 25, Grade 3 winner Theory may now make his seasonal debut in the six-furlong listed Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 13.