04/09/2011 6:16PM

Got a Derby Nominated 3yo? You Have a Shot!

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There was always a chance that Uncle Mo, despite his brilliance, would be distance-challenged, given his pedigree. But WOW! After watching Saturday’s Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, I have to wonder why Uncle Mo’s connections would even think about going on to the Kentucky Derby, the classic he was a strong favorite for before his "performance" in the Wood. Despite easily controlling a comfortable pace, Uncle Mo went to hopping up and down at the eighth pole like a horse who wants no part of 1 1/8 miles, let alone 1 ¼ miles.

And after watching Joe Vann, who might have been the only Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old not nominated to the Triple Crown (okay, exaggerating just a little there), win the Illinois Derby over a maiden … well, the Kentucky Derby picture certainly looks a lot different now.

We still have the Santa Anita Derby (which, frankly, was gutted with the scratches of Premier Pegasus and Jaycito) to go today. I’ll chime back in tomorrow about that race, and a stab at where the Kentucky Derby picture stands now.