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
Lenny Shulman sits down to ask Old Friends Farm founder Michael Blowen how he became interested in horse racing. Lenny also comments on Kentucky Derby prep implications with Keeneland's move of the Blue Grass Stakes. watch video
Lenny Shulman sits down to ask Old Friends Farm founder Michael Blowen how he became interested in horse racing. Lenny also comments on Kentucky Derby prep implications with Keeneland's changes to the Blue Grass Stakes.
An unofficial poll of media members covering the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs put Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count at the top of the selections list May 3.
Pablo Del Monte, the also-eligible who got a chance to draw in to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following the withdrawal of Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity, will not run in the classic.
Fate has indeed brought together a far-reaching partnership group that races Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate, who ships in from California in a bid to take his second grade I race in three weeks in Kentucky.
California Chrome, Dance With Fate, and Samraat all took to the track April 29 at Churchill Downs, the morning after arriving in Louisville, Ky.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss injuries on the Kentucky Derby Trail, the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass, the Churchill Downs takeout increase and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Keeneland, Oaklawn Park, Japan, Australia, Santa Anita Park, Woodbine, Calder & More. View Slideshow
Evan Hammonds recaps the victories of Will Take Charge, Dance With Fate, and Danza. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the victories of Will Take Charge, Dance With Fate, and Danza.
A decision on whether to send Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will not be made for a week, trainer Peter Eurton said April 13.
In the final Polytrack edition of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), a California shipper who has shown extremely good form over synthetic surfaces found his way home.
Racing Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was injured in a training accident at Keeneland the morning of April 10 and will be out of action for at least 30 days.
The transcript for today's chat is now available.
TimeformUS Stakes Plays from Keeneland, Oaklawn, and Santa Anita read blog
Claire Novak and Frank Angst are on location at Keeneland this week to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. watch video
Claire Novak and Frank Angst are on location at Keeneland this week to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Blue Grass Stakes.
Will Bobby's Kitten stamp himself as a Kentucky Derby contender with a strong showing in the Blue Grass Stakes? read blog
Horse Racing Radio Network continues its "Road to the Kentucky Derby" broadcast series April 12 live from Keeneland with exclusive radio coverage of the 90th Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
It's the end of the Polytrack era at Keeneland, so let's take a look at the what we have in the last Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on synthetic.
The focus has shifted at Keeneland, as it usually does during the second week of April, to the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and the Kentucky Derby hopefuls who will emerge from that event. read blog
The $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) drew an overflow field for its 90th renewal to be run April 12 at Keeneland, with Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Bobby's Kitten favored at 3-1 from post 5.
Ken Ramsey discusses Blue Grass Stakes favorite Bobby's Kitten at the Blue Grass Stakes draw.
A historical look at the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). view infographic
Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) contenders Big Bazinga and Extrasexyhippzster were out at Keeneland April 6 for morning workouts as they prepare for the upcoming race.
On a chilly morning at Keeneland, trainer Chad Brown sent Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) contender Bobby's Kitten through his final pre-race drill.
John Oxley's Coastline put in his final major work April 4 for the upcoming Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr.I), drilling five furlongs in company at Keeneland in 1:00 2/5.
A full gate of 14 runners is looking like a strong possibility for the 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) Saturday, April 12 at Keeneland.
Sixteen stakes worth a combined $3.775 million, including the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and $500,000 Ashland Stakes (gr. I), anchor Keeneland's 15-day spring meeting, which starts Friday, April 4.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed March 13 that 2-year-old champion male Shared Belief will not contest the Blue Grass Stakes in one month and is off the Kentucky Derby trail.
If you listened closely enough at Gulfstream Park after the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. III) March 1, you could almost hear the cheers from California, and perhaps beyond, as Gala Award entered the winner's circle.
"It is a big jump and I think it says a lot about his quality," trainer Todd Pletcher said of Gala Award's grass win. "I'm not going to rule out something like the dirt or the Blue Grass (gr. I)."
Tamarando and Dance With Fate, the one-two finishers in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Golden Gate Fields, exited the race in good order and will likely make their next starts in Kentucky.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Java's War demonstrated he was a legitimate Derby threat with a thrilling last-to-first victory in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin review the importance of race times, discuss Java's War in the Blue Grass Stakes, review performances of Spicer Cub and Incognito, and present a top 5 list! Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. watch video
View the races and sights from the Blue Grass Stakes weekend at Keeneland. view slideshow
Evan Hammonds recaps the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby from the weekend. Did you think Java's War proved himself as a Derby winner with his last to first finish? watch video
View the races and sights from the Blue Grass Stakes weekend at Keeneland.
Owner/Breeder Charles Fipke discusses Blue Grass Stakes winner Java's War. Watch Video
Trainer Ken McPeek discusses Blue Grass Stakes winner Java's War. Watch Video
Charles Fipke's homebred Java's War overcame a troubled start in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes April 13 at Keeneland, closing from last to first to earn his way into the field for the May 4 Kentucky Derby.
If you missed the Live Blog, you can read the transcript. Read Transcript
This is one of the most wide open editions of the race I've ever seen. So many directions to go. read blog
Jon & Joel recap last weekend's Wood Memorial & Santa Anita Derby. They also break down Saturday's final round of major Kentucky Derby preps - the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes. Watch Video
"If horses could talk, what a job this would be," said one Gary Contessa, enjoying a bountiful breakfast at Keeneland. "I'd ask that sunofagun right now, 'Do you like that track as much as you like the grass?"
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