Shesthewinner became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed Paddy O'Prado when the 2-year-old filly won the fifth race at Gulfstream Park June 25.
Elkstone Group's first-time starter No More Chillin cruised to a clear win in sixth race at ThistleDown June 20 and became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed First Dude.
Donegal Racing, which has run such grade I winners as Paddy O'Prado and Dullahan in Triple Crown races, is back with late-running Keen Ice, who encountered a ton of trouble last month in the Kentucky Derby.
Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner Carpe Diem turned in the second of two maintenance works since that win when he cruised four furlongs in :48 3/5 under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez April 25 at Keeneland.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Danzig Moon put in his final work for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24, breezing four furlongs in :48 4/5.
The marathon six-session under tack preview for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale concluded April 18 at Ocala Training Center with Hips 1,001-1,203 breezing for prospective buyers.
Todd Pletcher started his morning well before daylight April 18, breezing his three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls in Florida before catching a private plane to Lexington to supervise the work of Carpe Diem.
A Florida-bred daughter from the first crop of Big Drama ripped a quarter of a mile in :20 3/5 at Ocala Training Center April 16 to top the fourth under tack preview ahead of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale.
Mossarosa's Frammento, fourth in the April 4 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) last time out, worked an easy half-mile on his own after the renovation break April 16 at Keeneland.
Keeneland, Santa Anita Park, Aqueduct, Turf Paradise, Carpe Diem and More. View Slideshow
J. Keeler Johnson recaps the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes. read blog
Relive Carpe Diem's victory in the 2015 Toyota Blue Grass S. (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow. View Interactive
Carpe Diem won for fun in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland, living up to his 2-5 favoritism and the hype that surrounded him leading into the race.
Keeneland Vice President of Racing Rogers Beasley talks about the decision to cancel the last four races on opening day, and the track condition for Blue Grass Saturday. Watch Video
- By Claire Novak
The transcript for the chat is now available. Read Transcript
Trainer Nick Zito assesses Frammento's chances in Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes. read blog
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra are on location at Keeneland, handicapping the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. The Blue Grass Stakes is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 100 points to the winner. Hear about contender Carpe Diem. watch video
Trainer Marya Montoya talks about Unrivaled's chances in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and as a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospect. Watch Video
- By Frank Angst
The three major Triple Crown prep races Saturday, April 4, will feature enhanced security protocols, which on one level is good news, but also serves as reminder of how much more is needed. read blog
Carpe Diem, the even-money morning-line favorite in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland, arrived at the Lexington oval the evening of March 31 and galloped around the main track April 1.
Carpe Diem won the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) by 6 1/4 lengths during the fall meet in his graded debut and returns to Lexington after winning the March 7 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) in his first start of 2015.
"If you don't do it (again), they're right there to say, 'This guy can do better.' That's the way it goes," said Nick Zito, who will saddle Quimet in the March 28 Florida Derby (gr. I) and Frammento in the Blue Grass (gr. I).
Upstart, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and disqualified from first in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), breezed six furlongs at Palm Meadows March 13. Frosted and Imperia also worked.
- By Steve Haskin
Keeneland is now back on dirt and that means the Blue Grass Stakes is back to being a major prep for the Kentucky Derby and no longer a haven for grass and synthetic horses looking to back door it into the Run for the Roses. read blog
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|Make Music for Me||Alexis Barba||
|Paddy O'Prado||Dale L. Romans||
|Pleasant Prince||Bruce R. Brown||
|Stately Victor||Michael J. Maker||
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