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Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

Date: April 04, 15
Purse: $750,000
Grade: I
Type: Thoroughbred
Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
Age: 3 Year Olds
Turf: Polytrack

4201 Versailles Road P.O. Box 1690
Lexington, Kentucky, 40502


Multiple stakes winner and 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year candidate Uncaptured headlines Keeneland s G1 event, which offers 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 basis to the first four finishers. The Mark Casse trainee opened as the earliest Derby favorite last August at and proved worthy while racking up a 6-1-0 record in 8 starts. His only stumble came in the G3 Grey S. at Woodbine last October when a disappointing 5 th -place finish derailed plans for the Breeders Cup Juvenile. He rebounded with back-to-back graded stakes victories under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs then had his 3-year-old season delayed with foot issues. When he finally returned Turfway Park s G3 Spiral S. on 3/23, he ran a terrific race in his first effort at 1 1/8m to finish 2 nd and should only improve off of that. He ll be joined in the gate by stablemate Dynamic Sky, a dual stakes hero and multiple stakes-placed colt who finished 2 nd over this course in the Breeders Futurity last October. He was a non-threatening 4 th behind Verrazano in the G3 Tampa Bay Derby last out. Java s War was 5 lengths in front of Dynamic Sky and only 3 lengths behind the winner when running 2 nd at Tampa, but he was 3 rd behind Dynamic Sky in the Breeders Futurity. Rydilluc, winner of the grassy G3 Palm Beach S. at Gulfstream Park on 3/3, joins Java s War as the 4/1 co-2 nd choice in the morning line behind Uncaptured s 7/2. He ll be going for his 4 th straight win as he switches from grass to synthetic. Charming Kitten was 2 nd behind Rydilluc as the Palm Beach favorite and won the Kitten s Joy S., named for his sire, on turf before that. Despite a next-to-last run in the G3 Spiral S. on Turfway Park s Polytrack last month, Balance the Books subs for stablemate Noble Tune here after training better over Keeneland s synthetic. He has 2 graded stakes grass wins and a 3 rd in the G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf. Fear the Kitten was gaining late in the Spiral but came up short in 5 th . He was claimed after winning his debut over this track last October. Palace Malice s connections try a Hail Mary to get their colt into the Run for the Roses after a troubled trip cost him all chance in the G2 Louisiana Derby two weeks ago. Undrafted is a graded stakes-placed sprinter who was made a late Triple Crown nominee by owner and NFL standout Wes Welker. My Name Is Michael failed as the favorite in the Spiral S. and loses pilot Joel Rosario to Dynamic Sky. Tesseron was a promising 2 nd in Uncaptured s Grey S. flop but was a dull 4 th in both starts since. West Hills Giant has only beaten fellow New York breds but is a stakes victor and ran 2 nd in the G3 Gotham S. at Aqueduct on 3/2. Channel Isle was sent to post at 32/1 in the Spiral and basically ran to his odds with a 7 th -place finish. He did show some late acceleration once clear of traffic. Maiden winner Footbridge ships in from California to try to punch his ticket to Louisville. AE Divine Ambition needs defections to get into the gate and is cross-entered in the G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, currently sponsored by the Toyota Motor Corporation, is an American Grade I horse race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds held annually in mid April at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. The horses participating have to cover a distance of 9 furlongs on the Polytrack. This grade I racing event is open to three year old American bred racing horses. It currently offers a purse value of US 750,000. It was named after Bluegrass region of Kentucky, characterized by grass having bluish-green shades, which is known as the heart of the thoroughbred racing industry. First run at the Kentucky Association track in Lexington in 1911, the Blue Grass has, from its inception, served as an important prep race for the Kentucky Derby. At the Association track, the Blue Grass was staged from 1911 through 1914 and from 1919 through 1926. The race was revived at Keeneland in the spring of 1937. In 1943-1944, the Blue Grass was renewed as a part of the Keeneland-at-Churchill Downs meeting. In 1945, the Blue Grass was run as a part of the Churchill Downs meeting. Today it is part of the Keeneland program.

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Past Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Owner Time
2013 Javas War Kenneth McPeek Julien Leparoux Charles E. Fipke 1:50.27
2012 Dullahan Dale Romans Kent Desormeaux Donegal Racing 1:47.94
2011 Brilliant Speed Tom Albertrani Joel Rosario Live Oak Plantation 1:50.92
2010 Stately Victor Michael J. Maker Alan Garcia F. Thomas & Jack Conway 01:48.7
2009 General Quarters Thomas R. McCarthy Eibar Coa Thomas R. McCarthy 01:49.3
2008 Monba Todd A. Pletcher Edgar Prado Starlight Stables et al 1:49.71
2007 Dominican Darrin Miller Rafael Bejarano Silverton Hill LLC 01:51.3
2006 Sinister Minister Bob Baffert Garrett Gomez Mercedes Stable et al. 01:48.9
2005 Bandini Todd A. Pletcher John R. Velazquez Michael Tabor 01:48.9
2004 The Cliffs Edge Nick Zito Shane Sellers Robert V. LaPenta 01:49.4
2003 Peace Rules Robert J. Frankel Edgar Prado Edmund A. Gann 01:51.7
2002 Harlans Holiday Ken McPeek Edgar Prado Starlight Stable 01:51.5
2001 Millennium Wind David Hofmans Laffit Pincay, Jr. D & J Heerensperger 01:48.3
2000 High Yield D. Wayne Lukas Pat Day Tabor/Lewis/Magnier 01:48.6
1999 Menifee W. Elliott Walden Pat Day Hancock / Stone 01:48.6
1998 Halory Hunter Nick Zito Gary Stevens Celtic Pride Stable 01:47.8
1997 Pulpit Frank L. Brothers Shane Sellers Claiborne Farm 01:49.8
1996 Skip Away Sonny Hine Shane Sellers Carolyn Hine 01:47.2
1995 Wild Syn Thomas K. Arnemann Randy Romero Jurgen K. Arnemann 01:49.2
1994 Holy Bull Warren A. Croll, Jr. Mike E. Smith Warren A. Croll, Jr. 01:50.0
1993 Prairie Bayou Tom Bohannan Mike E. Smith Loblolly Stable 01:49.6
1992 Pistols and Roses George Gianos Jacinto Vasquez Willis Family Stables 01:49.0
1991 Strike the Gold Nick Zito Chris Antley BCC Stable 01:48.4
1990 Summer Squall Neil J. Howard Pat Day Dogwood Stable 01:48.6
1989 Western Playboy Harvey L. Vanier Randy Romero N. Vanier/R. Roncari 01:51.2
1988 Granacus Pat Collins Jacinto Vasquez Steve A. Stavro 01:52.2
1987 War D. Wayne Lukas Herb McCauley Tom Gentry 01:48.4
1986 Bachelor Beau Philip Hauswald Larry Melancon R. A. Waterfield/J. B. Tafel 01:51.2
1985 Chiefs Crown Roger Laurin Don MacBeth Star Crown Stable 01:47.6
1984 Taylors Special William I. Mott Pat Day William F. Lucas 01:52.2
1983 Play Fellow Harvey L. Vanier Jean Cruguet Vanier/Lauer/Victor 01:49.4
1982 Linkage Henry S. Clark Bill Shoemaker Christiana Stable 01:48.0
1981 Proud Appeal Stanley M. Hough Jeffrey Fell Gainesway Farm et al. 01:51.4
1980 Rockhill Native Herbert K. Stevens John Oldham Harry A. Oak 01:50.0
1979 Spectacular Bid Bud Delp Ronnie Franklin Hawksworth Farm 01:50.0
1978 Alydar John M. Veitch Jorge Velasquez Calumet Farm 01:49.6
1977 For the Moment LeRoy Jolley Angel Cordero, Jr. Gerald Robins 01:50.2
1976 Honest Pleasure LeRoy Jolley Braulio Baeza Bertram R. Firestone 01:49.4
1975 Master Derby Smiley Adams Darrel McHargue Golden Chance Farm 01:49.0
1974 Judger Woody Stephens Laffit Pincay, Jr. Seth W. Hancock 01:49.2
1973 My Gallant Lou Goldfine Angel Cordero, Jr. Arthur I. Appleton 01:49.6
1972 Riva Ridge Lucien Laurin Ron Turcotte Meadow Stable 01:49.6
1971 Impetuosity George Poole Eric Guerin W. P. Rosso 01:49.4
1970 Dust Commander Don Combs Mike Manganello Robert E. Lehmann 01:51.2
1969 Arts and Letters J. Elliott Burch Bill Shoemaker Rokeby Stable 01:47.8
1968 Forward Pass Henry Forrest Ismael Valenzuela Calumet Farm 01:47.8
1967 Diplomat Way John O. Meaux Johnny Sellers Harvey Peltier 01:49.6
1966 Abes Hope Del W. Carroll Bill Shoemaker Grand Prix Stable 01:49.2
1965 Lucky Debonair Frank Catrone Bill Shoemaker Ada L. Rice 01:49.0
1964 Northern Dancer Horatio Luro Bill Hartack Windfields Farm 01:49.8
1963 Chateaugay James P. Conway Braulio Baeza Darby Dan Farm 01:48.0
1962 Ridan LeRoy Jolley Manuel Ycaza Jolley/Woods/Greer 01:47.6
1961 Sherluck Harold Young Braulio Baeza Jacob Sher 01:48.6
1960 Tompion Robert Wheeler Bill Shoemaker C. V. Whitney 01:48.6
1959 Tomy Lee Frank Childs Bill Shoemaker Fred Turner, Jr. 01:48.6
1958 Plion Tom Jolley David Erb Edward Potter, Jr. 01:52.8
1957 Round Table William Molter Ralph Neves Kerr Stable 01:47.4
1956 Toby B. R. E. Wingfield Robert L. Baird Van Deren & Deming 01:51.0
1955 Racing Fool Loyd Gentry, Jr. Henry Moreno Cain Hoy Stable 01:51.8
1954 Goyamo Woody Stephens Eddie Arcaro Woodvale Farm 01:50.6
1953 Correspondent Wally Dunn Eddie Arcaro Mrs. Gordon Guiberson 01:49.0
1952 Gushing Oil Whitey Jansen Steve Brooks Sam E. Wilson, Jr. 01:52.4
1951 Ruhe Robert McGarvey Job Dean Jessop Mrs. Emil Denemark 01:54.2
1951 Mameluke Sylvester Veitch Raymond Adair C. V. Whitney 01:54.4
1950 Mr. Trouble Sylvester Veitch Douglas Dodson C. V. Whitney 01:50.4
1949 Halt Woody Stephens Conn McCreary Woodvale Farm 01:52.6
1948 Coaltown Ben A. Jones Newbold L. Pierson Calumet Farm 01:49.2
1947 Faultless Ben A. Jones Douglas Dodson Calumet Farm 01:51.2
1946 Lord Boswell James W. Smith Eddie Arcaro Maine Chance Farm 01:51.6
1945 Darby Dieppe Charles Gentry Melvin Calvert Mrs. W. G. Lewis 01:53.4
1944 Skytracer Frank J. Baker Mike Cafferella Manuel B. Goff 01:52.6
1943 Ocean Wave Ben A. Jones Wendell Eads Calumet Farm 01:53.8
1942 Shut Out John M. Gaver, Sr. Eddie Arcaro Greentree Stable 01:52.4
1941 Out Boots Steve Judge Conn McCreary Woodvale Farm 01:51.2
1940 Bimelech Bill Hurley Fred A. Smith Edward R. Bradley 01:51.0
1939 Heather Broom Earl Sande Basil James John Hay Whitney 01:54.2
1938 Bull Lea Frank J. Kearns Irving Anderson Calumet Farm 01:49.6
1937 Fencing Earl Sande Jack Westrope Maxwell Howard 01:57.2

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