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Airoforce 'doing tremendously' ahead of Risen Star

According to trainer Mark Casse, Grade 3 victor Airoforce is "doing tremendously" as he readies for next Saturday's Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds.

Santa Anita Park plays host to the San Vicente (G2) on President's Day Monday and's James Scully took a look at the 1997 San Vicente and the rivalry that developed out of that race between Silver Charm and Free House.

In Handicapping Insights, Dick Powell discussed Mshawish's chances in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) following his Donn H. (G1) victory.

Sandiva will try to transfer her graded-winning turf form to the dirt in Saturday's Royal Delta (G2), and Sarah Sis leads a competitive field of nine entered in Sunday's Bayakoa (G3) at Oaklawn Park.

Champion Tepin returns in Endeavour; California Derby rematch on tap in El Camino Real Derby

Tepin soundly defeated the boys in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), and on Saturday the Eclipse Award-winning champion turf mare returns to action in the Endeavour (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. A pair of Triple Crown nominees -- Gettysburg and Destin -- will attempt to steal some of the spotlight as they line up in the Sam F. Davis (G3) earlier on the card.

Sophomore will also take center stage at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday as they vie for Kentucky Derby (G1) points in the El Camino Real Derby (G3). Included in that 14-strong group are the top three finishers from the California Derby -- Frank Conversation, Marqula and Algenon.

Gulfstream and Santa Anita Park will each host a distaff race scheduled at 1 1/16 miles. The Royal Delta (G2) at Gulfstream drew a field of six while Santa Anita's Santa Maria (G2) attracted eight runners. Santa Anita also hosts the Arcadia (G2) on Saturday, featuring Obviously, Om and Bolo.

Also on Wednesday, jockey Ramon Dominguez was unanimously made eligible for Hall of Fame consideration beginning in 2016.

James Scully analyzed Mor Spirit's win last Saturday in the Robert B. Lewis (G3) in his Kentucky Derby Report.

John Mucciolo praised Songbird's return victory in his Santa Anita Notebook and tabbed Governor Malibu as a horse to watch in the Aqueduct Notebook.

'All Others' listed at 4-5 in KDFW 2

Unbeaten 3-year-olds Mohaymen and Nyquist top individual interests at 8-1 and 12-1, respectively, but "all others" is expected to be a heavy favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend. Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia listed the mutuel field as the 4-5 choice on the morning line for pool 2, which gets underway Thursday at noon (EST) and runs through Sunday at 6 p.m.

Lady Sabelia will attempt to join elite company when she makes a title defense in Saturday's Barbara Fritchie H. (G2) at Laurel. The six-year-old mare will likely be a solid favorite over six rivals in the seven-furlong race.

A couple of California-based three-year-olds, Laoban and Bistraya, have been added to the list of probables for the February 20 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds.

Former Canadian champion and Grade 2 winner Leigh Court snapped a four-race losing streak Tuesday in the $60,000 Mardi Gras at Fair Grounds.

Also at the blog on Tuesday:

Ed DeRosa and Vance Hanson discuss Songbird and Mardi Gras traditions in this week's Turf Talk.

James Scully takes a look back at the 2004 Southwest, the first of three starts at Oaklawn Park for eventual Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Smarty Jones.


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For Friday

Aqueduct   (1st) Whimsey's Girl, 3-1
    (6th) Golden Gem, 3-1
Charles Town   (1st) Patriot Lady, 7-2
    (4th) My Reward, 4-1
Delta Downs   (8th) First Prize Yankee, 10-1
    (9th) Wakkiano, 7-2
Fair Grounds   (4th) Hayq's Fable, 3-1
    (7th) Virtual Machine, 7-2
Golden Gate Fields   (3rd) Percy's Bluff, 9-2
    (8th) Lizzy's Atticus, 10-1
Gulfstream Park   (6th) Leonardo Da Vinci, 7-2
    (9th) Lemon Royal, 10-1
Laurel Park   (3rd) Perigee Moon Slide, 10-1
    (6th) Sweetest Yet, 5-1
Oaklawn Park   (4th) A Band Apart, 9-2
    (8th) Tapitsphere, 9-2
Penn National   (2nd) Good Chemistry, 5-1
    (8th) Street Shiner, 8-1
Sam Houston   (3rd) Victors Cowboy, 6-1
    (4th) Buckwild, 10-1
Santa Anita   (3rd) Ferocious, 5-1
    (8th) Icona, 3-1
Tampa Bay Downs   (5th) Sinster Blue, 7-2
    (7th) Run Gia Run, 7-2
Turfway Park   (4th) October Song, 3-1
    (10th) Cause I'm Alex, 7-2

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