03/17/2011 4:20PM

2011 Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for March 17

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Premier Pegasus jumped up to No. 5 on Derby Watch with his San Felipe win.

Who's Hot

Premier Pegasus leaped into the top 20 of Derby Watch this week with his resounding victory in the San Felipe at Santa Anita. He was so impressive that Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper, made him the fifth choice, at 12-1, on his Kentucky Derby future line. The other newcomer to this week’s top 20 is Positive Response, the recent winner of the Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park. Uncle Mo, the Derby favorite, was lowered by Watchmaker to 3-1 from last week’s 7-2 following his comeback victory in the Timely Writer at Gulfstream.

Who's Not

Both Gourmet Dinner and Sweet Ducky have been removed from the top 20. Although there has been no official announcement regarding Gourmet Dinner’s status from his connections, he has not worked in three weeks, since his second-place finish in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, and last weekend he left Gulfstream Park for a farm in Ocala, Fla. Sweet Ducky is bound for Dubai after a private sale this past week, and there is no indication he will come back here after the United Arab Emirates Derby. So, he has been dropped, too. Brethren, 12-1 a week ago, was raised to 30-1 by Watchmaker after his third-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby.

On the Bubble

Watch Me Go, the upset winner of the Tampa Bay Derby, just missed the cut. The Rebel Stakes on Saturday at Oaklawn Park has the potential to produce a new name for the list.

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