Small Field Seen for Keeneland's Blue Grass

Small Field Seen for Keeneland's Blue Grass
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Odysseus is expected to lead a probable field of six 3-year-olds in the Toyota Bluegrass Stakes.

A probable field of six 3-year-olds, headed by Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Odysseus, is expected for the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

Trained by Tom Albertrani for Padua Stables, Odysseus is undefeated in three starts this year following his nose victory over Schoolyard Dreams in the Tampa Bay Derby.

According to a list provided by Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman, the Blue Grass is also expected to attract a pair of 3-year-olds trained by Todd Pletcher—Interactif and Aikenite  . Owned by Wertheimer and Frere, Interactif is a two-time stakes winner on turf who finished second in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on March 13. Owned by Dogwood Stable, Aikenite placed twice in grade I stakes as a 2-year-old and finished third in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 20.

The three other Blue Grass probables are Ellen and Peter Johnson’s stakes winner Make Music for Me, Bred to Win Partners’ Codoy, and Donegal Racing’s Paddy O'Prado  . The field could expand if either Sam-Son Farms’ Giant's Tomb or Louis Lazzinnaro and partners’ Homeboykris, both listed as possible starters by Huffman, are entered.

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