11 Listed as Probable for Blue Grass Stakes

11 Listed as Probable for Blue Grass Stakes
Photo: Churchill Downs
Hansen working

Headed by champion Hansen and Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Prospective  , there are 11 probable starters for the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, according to racing secretary Ben Huffman April 2.

The Blue Grass will be run at 1 1/8 miles on the Polytrack surface at Keeneland.

Dr. Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing’s Hansen, who has won four of five career starts, would become the first reigning champion 2-year-old male to contest the Blue Grass since Street Sense   used the race as his final prep for victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Among the 10 that could face Hansen is John Oxley’s Prospective, who worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 on a fast track April 2 at Churchill Downs.

Another graded-stakes winner being pointed toward the Blue Grass is Donegal Racing’s Dullahan, winner of the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) as a 2-year-old in 2011 and a half brother to 2009 Derby winner Mine That Bird. Dullahan will be seeking to join Round Table (1956-57) as the only horse to complete a Breeders’ Futurity-Blue Grass double.

Also under consideration for the Toyota Blue Grass are Adirondack King, Drill, Ever So Lucky, Gung Ho, Holy Candy, Howe Great, Politicallycorrect, and Raconteur.
 

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