A total of 15 sophomores were entered on Wednesday at Keeneland for the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes, which takes place on Saturday going nine furlongs over that Lexington, Kentucky, venue’s Polytrack. Only 14 will be allowed to line up, leaving unbeaten Divine Oath on the outside looking in and hoping for a withdrawal.
The Blue Grass, along with the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby, are the final major points races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. Each contest will award 100 points to the winner, virtually guaranteeing that three-year-old a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate on May 3. The only race left in the series after Saturday is the Grade 3, 200,000 Lexington at Keeneland on April 19, but that event is only worth 10 points to the winner.
One of the top undercard races of a fine day of action is the $300,000 Jenny Wiley S. (G1), attracting some of the better turf distaffers in training.
In the $300,000 Madison S. (G1), the consistently good Judy the Beauty will aim to finally break through at the Grade 1 level after a handful of placings with this kin, including a big second in the Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) in November. The Wesley Ward trainee loves this course with a perfect 3-for-3 mark upon it, and she looks like the one to beat.
The $175,000 Commonwealth S. (G3) will include the likes of Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) second Laugh Track, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Zeewat, the hard-knocking California import No Silent and Wesley Ward’s Undrafted, while the $100,000 Shakertown S. (G3) is always a pretty wide open race and will feature multiple stakes sprint star Gantry, as well as the capable Spring to the Sky, Animal Style and defending champ Havelock.
The Sunday headliner at Keeneland Race Course is the $200,000 Beaumont S. (G2).
2014 G1 $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Information (Click here for FREE Blue Grasss Stakes PP’s courtesy of brisnet.com)
Date: Saturday, April 12
Where: Keeneland Race Course, Kentucky
TV: 4:30pm -6pm ET Fox Sports
Distance: 1 1/8 Mile Dirt
Conditions: FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes wagering may include: Daily Double-Exacta-Trifecta($.50 min)-Superfecta($.10 min)
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Field and odds for the 2014 G1 $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes
|1||Asserting Bear||Wilson Emma-Jayne||Baker Reade|
|2||Extrasexyhippzster||Pimentel Julian||Trombetta Michael J.|
|3||Pablo Del Monte||Espinoza Victor||Ward Wesley A.|
|4||Harry’s Holiday||Napravnik Rosie||Maker Michael J.|
|5||Bobby’s Kitten||Castellano Javier||Brown Chad C.|
|6||Coltimus Prime||Garcia Alan||Nixon Justin J.|
|7||Casiguapo||Maragh Rajiv||Morales Mario|
|8||Dance With Fate||Nakatani Corey S.||Eurton Peter|
|9||Big Bazinga||Hernandez, Jr. Brian Joseph||Vassilieva Katerina|
|10||So Lonesome||Rocco, Jr. Joseph||Bush Thomas M.|
|11||Coastline||Elliott Stewart||Casse Mark E.|
|12||Vinceremos||Prado Edgar S.||Pletcher Todd A.|
|13||Medal Count||Albarado Robby||Romans Dale L.|
|14||Gala Award||Velazquez John R.||Pletcher Todd A.|
|15||Divine Oath||Leparoux Julien R.||Pletcher Todd A.|