Looking for big improvement in Spiral Stakes. Drew bad post in the Fountain of Youth and didn't seem to handle the track, which is not uncommon at Gulfstream. Showed last year what a fast, versatile, classy colt he is. Just needs to show some consistency. The talent is there.20 -- Romolo's Fritzi/John Terranova/Cryptoclearance-I'm a fighter, by Fit to FightIf he's Derby material he should run a huge race in the Rushaway Stakes, then they'll have to decide if they want to stick with the original plan to run in the Wood, which looks to be coming up very strong. Looks to be maturing and finding himself at the right time.
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: Gotham winner RICHLY BLENDED likely will try to keep stretching out in Wood Memorial, but is not being considered for the Derby at this time. Exceptionally gifted colt with a bright future, but only has three career starts. Record, talent, and status very similar to CRAFTY C.T. BURNING ROMA ran a big race in Tampa Bay Derby. Love everything about this colt; the consummate pro. Owner has been saying he's pointing for the Preakness, but is now hedging, saying if he runs big in Wood or Blue Grass he could change his mind. Federico Tesio another option if Preakness-bound. HOLIDAY THUNDER is only 50/50 to make the Spiral. Lung infection and foot problems not making things easy for him. If you're looking for a monster longshot in his next race who should improve dramatically off last, then keep an eye on IT'S SO SIMPLE, whose race in Florida Derby was much better than it looked on paper. Lukas still not out of it, as BUCKLE DOWN BEN has been working super at Santa Anita, latest being 6 furlongs in 1:12 4/5. Runs next in Spiral. Lukas still may give another chance to SCORPION and TURNBERRY ISLE. GLOBAL GAIT also sharp, working in 1:12 3/5. OMMADON'S Derby status all hinges on whether Tom Walsh can get him in an allowance race coming up. If he can and the colt runs big first time out, then it should set him up nicely for the Wood Memorial. But would like to see a change of tactics and take him back off the pace. Al Stall very high on STRIKE IT SMART, who runs in Rebel Stakes this weekend.
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