On The Bubble


Blended Citizen (Proud Citizen): Blinkers-on, synth stakes winner at Turfway advances to Blue Gras S.; trainer O’Neill upset same Keeneland prep last year at 31-1.

Bravazo (Awesome Again): Currently ranked sixth on points and will go straight to Derby per Lukas: “He’s assured himself a spot, so I’ve got the luxury of having [several extra] weeks to fine tune him. I’ll have a nice fresh horse for the Derby, it looks like.”

Free Drop Billy (Union Rags): Currently ranked 20th on points; most recently third in GIII Gotham. Will try to be only third horse to sweep both GI Breeders’ Futurity S. and Blue Grass S. at Keeneland.

Gronkowski (Lonhro {Aus}): Qualifies for Derby via European points. Noseda: “He hasn’t got real gears but if he can get into a rhythm, he can keep in a rhythm a long time.”

Hofburg (Tapit): Very nice try when widest off turn in Florida Derby; couldn’t run down Audible yet never looked discouraged giving chase. Much better-than-looks try considering relative inexperience. If/when Mott sends one to Derby, pay attention.

Promises Fulfilled (Shackleford): Dueled into defeat in Florida Derby but has accrued enough qualifying points (ranked seventh) to start in Louisville. Romans: “You live by the sword, you die by the sword. We went wire to wire last time, but that doesn’t mean we don’t regroup and go back in the Derby.”

Restoring Hope (Giant’s Causeway): Baffert trainee missed San Felipe with minor foot issue, then failed to make earnings cut to enter GIII Sunland Derby. As of Monday Baffert was still undecided about next-race start.

Runaway Ghost (Ghostzapper): Qualifies on Sunland Derby victory points (ranked ninth). Will work once in New Mexico, followed by two works at Churchill.

Sporting Chance (Tiznow): Rerouted to Blue Grass instead of Arkansas Derby. Would likely have to win or finish second to earn Derby points berth.


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