Keeneland announced Jan. 19 a $4.325 million stakes schedule for its 2017 Spring Meet that offers 16 stakes, featuring the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1).
- By Steve Haskin
There have been many, myself included, who were shocked by the Graded Stakes committee's decision to downgrade two of the most historic Kentucky Derby preps, the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes, from grade I to grade II.
A start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland is the first choice for Classic Empire's final Derby prep, but the race's downgraded status has prompted his connections to put other options back into the discussion.
In a dramatic reshaping of graded status of 2017 Triple Crown prep races, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has downgraded the Toyota Blue Grass and the Wood Memorial from grade I to grade II.
Sunrise Stallions of New York announced its 2017 stud fees. Big Brown will stand for $7,500; Frost Giant for $5,000; Heavy Breathing, $2,500.
Only five passed the entry box for Belmont Park’s $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. III), with impressive first-out maiden winner Theory figuring to be the one to beat.
In order to give some insight into what buyers might expect from how the freshmen sires of 2016 are doing, we’ve come up with some statistical compilations to project where they might be long-term.
- By Ron Mitchell
The only Mineshaft yearling in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale is among the horses to watch during the Aug. 25 final session of the two-day open sale in Ocala, Fla.
Hansen's Victory went gate to wire in the first race at Hastings Race Course June 5 and became the first winner for U.S. champion and South Korean-based freshman sire Hansen.
Millennium Force, a daughter of Hansen, turned in the fastest furlong work of :09 4/5 at the under-tack preview for the Barretts May 2-year-old sale at Del Mar. Among those working a quarter-mile, a son of Speightstown posted :20 3/5.
The Blood-Horse has always played the Blue Grass Stakes close to the vest
Three juveniles shared the eighth of a mile fastest time of :09 4/5 during the April 15 fifth set of under tack workouts for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 spring sale of 2-year-olds in training sale.
Dan Tordjman and friends bet a Pick Four that included the Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). Learn how to organize your notes, when you should pick favorites, and how to put together a ticket with a group. Watch Video
Brody's Cause found himself back at home at Keeneland April 9, and the son of Giant's Causeway proved his affinity for the Lexington oval with a strong score in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
In addition, it will also air the Equine Forum, its weekly talk show, on Saturday and provide live coverage of the Commonwealth, Shakertown, and Madison from Keeneland in its three-hour broadcast.
With a hefty purse and 170 Kentucky Derby Leaderboard points on the line, the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 9 drew a lineup of youngsters whose connections hope a stop at Keeneland paves the way to Churchill.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra come to you from Keeneland to preview the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) featuring My Man Sam, Zulu, Star Hill, Cherry Wine, Brody's Cause, and Laoban. Watch Video
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra come to you from Keeneland to preview the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) featuring My Man Sam, Zulu, Star Hill, Cherry Wine, Brody's Cause, and Laoban. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Blue Grass.
American Dubai put in his final major work April 2 in preparation for the April 9 running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 after the renovation break at Keeneland.
Judging by how they looked at Gulfstream and Ocala, the seven by Hansen left little doubt that he will help establish Tapit as an emerging sire-of-sires.
Grade I winner Brody's Cause is scheduled to make his 3-year-old season debut Saturday, March 12 in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
Three Into Mischief fillies and offspring of four freshmen sires were among 14 horses that shared the fastest eighth of a mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the March 9 first of three under tack workout sessions.
For the second consecutive year, Keeneland's premier 3-year-old races, the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) and Central Bank Ashland (gr. I), lead five stakes run on opening Saturday of the spring meet.
Dr. Kendall Hansen, whose homebred colt Hansen was champion 2-year-old male of 2011, is hoping his new purchase Let Me Go First, a son of Paddy O' Prado, makes some noise in the early-season 3-year-old races.
Champion Big Brown, who is enjoying a career-best year with progeny earnings of over $5.2 million and is New York's leading sire, will stand for $10,000 in 2016 at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bergerac||Chad C. Brown||
|Dullahan||Dale L. Romans||
|El Gran Sol||Jorge Melendez||
|Ever So Lucky||Jonathan E. Sheppard||
|Gung Ho||Michael J. Maker||
|Hansen||Michael J. Maker||
|Heavy Breathing||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Hero of Order||Gennadi Dorochenko||
|Holy Candy||John W. Sadler||
|Howe Great||Thomas M. Bush||
|Lonesome Street||Michael J. Maker||
|Midnight Crooner||Bob Baffert||
|Philippe||James E. Baker||
|Plutonium||Jeremiah C. Englehart||
|Prospective||Mark E. Casse||
|Right One (FR)||Christophe Clement||
|Russian Greek||Efren Loza, Jr.||
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