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Weekend update

Adu watch: The watch is over. Freddy entered in the 61st minute and showed some skill, but never got off a shot. Looks like his coach plans to bring him along slowly, which is surely the right thing to do. He'll score soon enough, but I'll wait for the highlights.

Pollard's Vision: The one-eyed colt named after Seabiscuit's jockey turned in a sharp performance, winning the Illinois Derby by 2 3/4 lengths. He didn't beat much though, and had things his own way the entire race. The Kentucky Derby will be a much tougher proposition, but he's earned his place in it. He'll be a big talking point in the media run-up to the race. Meanwhile, at Santa Anita, the Derby picture got even murkier. Favorites Wimbledon and St. Averil each turned in a stinker, while 30-1 shot Castledale edged newcomer Rock Hard Ten in a thrilling stretch duel. Imperialsm, another horse with limited vision in one eye, was also in the thick of it when Rock Hard Ten drifted into his path, for which he was disqualified and placed 3rd. All three appear bound for Kentucky.

Replays of the Illinois Derby & Santa Anita Derby can be seen in Real Player here. Next up are the Blue Grass, and the Arkansas Derby, where the focus will be on Smarty Jones' final furlong. If he finishes fast and wins, he'll be the Derby favorite, but as with Pollard's Vision, there are questions about stamina and his ability to get a mile and a quarter.

Update: There's also the Wood Memorial next Saturday, where the highly regarded Eddington has a chance to redeem himself.