Barbaro took a big step Saturday, remaining undefeated, handling the fast dirt track, and fighting to win against a game Sharp Humor, no doubt benefitting from the perfect ride Prado game him. Now, looking ahead to next week-end and the Wood Memorial and the Santa Anita Derby promise to be final tune-ups for more derby dreamers. Here are some definite starters in what should be a good test for Brother Derek. Another interesting factor is that Bejarano (who also rides First Samurai) and Prado (rides Barbaro) are very talented jockeys who will have a choice about which horse they will be riding in the derby and these races may help them make up their minds! Don't you love this time of year!
Santa Anita Derby
Brother Derek (Alex Solis)
Point Determined (Rafael Bejarano)
Bob and John (Garrett Gomez) Deputy Glitters (Jose Lezcano), Greeley's Legacy (Eibar Coa), Keyed Entry (Edgar Prado), Like Now (Fernando Jara), Scanlon's Song (Ramon Dominguez), and Showing Up (Cornelio Velasquez).