Keyword: Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

  • Irap, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency as Hip 612 to the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale

    Irap Latest Sale Success for Dennis O'Neill

    Dennis O'Neill's keen eye has yielded two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winners and another of his sale finds, Irap, is en route to Churchill Downs following a stunning upset victory in the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2).

  • Last year's Wood Memorial crowd at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Changing Schedules Impacted Wood, Blue Grass

    While the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack will be downgraded from grade I to grade II races next season, don’t expect an immediate impact on horsemen’s Triple Crown plans or field quality.

  • Brody's Cause wins Claiborne Breeders' Futurity

    Brody's Cause Among Blue Grass Probables

    Keeneland officials said that as of April 1 eight 3-year-olds, including Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner Brody's Cause, are probable for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 9.

  • That Handicapping Show: Blue Grass Stakes

    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.

  • Keeneland Spring Meet Set to Open April 3

    Keeneland begins its 2015 spring meet April 3 with the first two days of its 15-day stand anchored by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes(gr. I), which moves up a week as part of a richer, re-ordered stakes calendar.

  • Mark Casse

    Casse Optimistic About Derby Prep Starters

    While Coastline and Conquest Titan have not yet registered breakthrough graded stakes victories, trainer Mark Casse sees some positive signs as they prepare for their most important stakes races to date.

  • Wildcat Red, shown winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes, is nominated to the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
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    191 Nominated to Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

    Twenty-two of the top 25 point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leader board are among the 191 3-year-olds nominated to the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) that will be run April 12 at Keeneland Racecourse.

  • Falling Sky

    Java's War, Falling Sky in Derby Prep Works

    Java's War, a contender for the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), and Falling Sky, headed for the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), posted bullet moves April 7 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) preps.

  • Raconteur breezed at Keeneland.

    Final Works for Four Blue Grass Contenders

    Four contenders for the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) went through their final preparations for the 1 1/8-mile test that is one of the final preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Ever So Lucky

    Ever So Lucky Works; Blue Grass the Target

    Augustin Stable's Ever So Lucky, third in the Swale Stakes (gr. III) in March, worked five furlongs in :59 2/5 at Keeneland April 3 in preparation for an expected start in the grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

  • Hansen after working five furlongs at the Churchill Downs Training Center on March 24.

    Hansen Breezes at Churchill Training Center

    Hansen, the 2-year-old champion of 2011 who is among the favorites for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 March 24 at the Churchill Downs Trackside Training Center.

  • The Blue Grass Nominees include Fountain of Youth winner Union Rags

    Blue Grass Attracts 180 Nominees

    Champion Hansen, grade I winner Union Rags, and El Padrino head the list of 3-year-olds nominated to the 88th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

  • Keeneland Stakes Schedule Announced

    Five grade I races, including the newly upgraded Jenny Wiley Stakes, headline the 16 stakes worth $3.625 million slated for Keeneland's 2012 spring race meeting that was announced Jan. 19.

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    Maker Sets Plans for His Derby Qualifiers

    Trainer Mike Maker said April 11 that Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Stately Victor is headed to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May following his 4 1/4-length win at odds of 40-1 a day earlier.

  • Keeneland Hopeful to Renew Toyota Sponsorship

    Keeneland officials are hopeful the racetrack's partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, sponsor of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), continues, Keeneland president Nick Nicholson said April 7.

  • Pleasant Prince Works Well for Blue Grass

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey aren't sure Pleasant Prince has enough graded-stakes earnings to make the field for the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), so they plan to race the colt in the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

  • General Quarters and Eibar Coa take the Blue Grass Stakes in style.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7999988%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    General Quarters Takes Blue Grass

    Some thought General Quarters' Sam F. Davis (gr. III) win two starts back was a fluke. But the son of Sky Mesa proved them wrong by powering to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11 at Keeneland, and he will now head to next month's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) as a legitimate contender.

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    McLaughlin: Charitable Man a 'Top Horse'

    When Charitable Man goes to post in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11, it will be his first race in nearly seven months. In his more than 20 years of training, Kiaran McLaughlin cannot remember a time when he entered a horse in a tougher spot.

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    Blue Grass Notes - April 9

    Shadwell Stable's Mafaaz, who will make his U.S. debut in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11, visited the starting gate April 9 at Keeneland and then galloped a mile and a quarter under exercise rider Miguel Moya.

  • Hold Me Back pulls away from workmate Emma's Posse at Keeneland on April 5.

    Charitable Man Works at Keeneland

    Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.'s undefeated Charitable Man completed his major work for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 11 by working five furlongs in :59.60 under exercise rider Pat Correa April 5 at Keeneland in Lexington.

  • Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes winner Mafaaz is coming to America.

    Mafaaz Headed for U.S. April 4

    Peter Shoemark, racing office manager for John Gosden Racing, said that Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes winner Mafaaz was scheduled to depart England early the morning of April 4 with a scheduled arrival in Wilmington, Del., at 9:55 a.m.

  • ESPN Networks to Air Key Derby Preps

    "NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby" will air on the ESPN networks beginning Saturday, March 21, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Feb. 27.