04/02/2010 11:16AM

Aqueduct: Fast and off the turf


  * It's a delightful Good Friday weather-wise, but we're off the turf for the third straight day - and there is evidently some question whether both of tomorrow's scheduled grass races will remain on. Stay tuned about that.

  * If you're getting a head-start on tomorrow's $500k pick-4 that starts with the Bay Shore, you can go ahead and handicap as though Castaneda is out, because he stayed in today's eighth race.

  * All told, there are 21 scratches off the program today, including Linda Rice-trained morning-line favorites Miss Hanky Panky (4th, 2-1) and Eurosensation (6th, 8-5), leaving 59 runners. 

  * Just the latest example of racing's dysfunction: Post time for Saturday's Santa Anita Derby is 5:36 p.m. (Eastern time); post time for the Illinois Derby is 5:37 p.m.