For each Kentucky Derby, a wise-guy’s selection surfaces on the backside and the spoken-out-of-the-side-of-the-mouth tips begin circulating.

This May much of the hush-hush surrounds Cowtown Cat – owed largely to his superior Tomlinson number, a factor that indicates he may like an off-track.

The fillies are set to contest the Kentucky Oaks on Friday and it’s all but assured that rain will be a factor. Several Oaks contenders showed this morning that a sloppy track won’t make a difference to them. Here’s what their connections had to say.

“She handled the track beautifully,” said Heather Stark, exercise rider for Autobahn Girl.

“She handled the track great,” said E.J. Bowler, exercise rider for Cash Included.

“She galloped over the track fantastic,” said trainer Wesley Hawley about Dawn After Dawn.

Now, got that?