In what was the biggest weekend of the year for Derby preps, we saw a
wide variety of top-class performances, such as Lookin At lucky
turning near-disaster into a gutsy, thrilling victory in the Rebel
Stakes (gr. III); Odysseus’ return from the dead to snatch victory in
the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III); and Sidney's Candy
stretching out to two turns for the first time in the San Felipe (gr.
II) and coming home in swift fractions. Even several of the losing
performances were memorable, with Interactif, making his synthetic
debut, cutting into Sidney’s Candy’s lead, despite the outrageous
closing fractions; and the explosive turn of foot on the far turn
demonstrated by Schoolyard Dreams
, only to get nipped right on the wire.