Keyword: Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

  • Champion Midshipman highlights the list of 183 3-year-olds nominated to Keeneland's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Blue Grass Draws 183 Nominations

    Godolphin Racing's 2008 champion juvenile colt Midshipman highlights an all-star list of 183 3-year-olds nominated to Keeneland's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), to be held April 11.

  • Kentucky Bear

    Preakness Profile: Kentucky Bear

    Kentucky Bear might have been shut out of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) by a lack of graded-stakes earnings, but the colt is now pointed toward the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Todd Pletcher trains the Monba and Cowboy Cal, the top two finishers in the April 13 Blue Grass (gr. I).<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%3D4155539%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Blue Grass Notes, The Day After

    One day after his 3-year-olds ran 1-2 in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher said he will take a few days before deciding when Monba and Cowboy Cal will ship to Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Pyro worked six furlongs at Keeneland the morning of March 31.

    Pyro Works Six Furlongs at Keeneland

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, winner of the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his two starts this year, continued his preparations for the April 12 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) by working six furlongs in 1:14.60 March 31 at Keeneland.

  • Louisiana Derby winner Pyro had an easy gallop at Keeneland on March 20th.<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%3D3811572%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pyro Gallops After Arriving at Keeneland

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, likely favorite for Keeneland's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) April 12, stretched his legs in an easy mile gallop March 20 over the main Polytrack.

  • Pyro, winner of the Risen Star (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, tops a strong list of Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) nominees.

    Pyro, Cool Coal Man Top Blue Grass Noms

    Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) winner Pyro and Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) winner Cool Coal Man headline a talented roster of 167 3-year-olds nominated to Keeneland's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), to be held Saturday, April 12.

  • Last year's Kentucky Derby winner took the undefeated route to the roses.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D6822%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails">Barbaro Photo Gallery</a>

    Prepping for the Roses

    In a year filled with synthetic surface preps and extended layoffs between races, most of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders are looking to break some kind of trend.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Change of Speed

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Conventional wisdom suggests front-running horses have a huge advantage if they are allowed to set the tortoise-like fractions established in this year's Blue Grass. But Polytrack has thrown conventional wisdom out the window.

  • Dominican (2) edges Street Sense in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1008473%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Bye, Bye Miss American Pie

    The death of Buddy Holly on Feb. 3, 1959 was "the day the music died." April 14, 2007 was the day dirt racing in America died. That may sound harsh and premature, but if races like the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) are what we have to look forward to in the future, then we have indeed seen the beginning of the end of dirt racing as we know it.

  • Ownership dispute over Lane&#39;s End Futurity winner Great Hunter settled.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D588554%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Great Hunter Dispute Settled

    A dispute over the ownership of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands contender Great Hunter has been settled by J. Paul Reddam and Fifth Third Bank.

  • Juvenile champion Street Sense, seen here working at Churchill Downs earlier this week, has drawn Post 4 for Saturday&#39;s Blue Grass Stakes.

    Blue Grass Draw: Four on the Floor for Street Sense

    Street Sense drew post four for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. James Tafel's homebred champion was also made the 4-5 morning line favorite for the nine-furlong race. Great Hunter, the 9-5 second choice, will break from the outside seven post.

  • Haskin on First Samurai: &quot;... an immensely talented colt who is just now ready to define who he really is.&quot;

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: Two Stakes Not All About the Favorites

    Put up or shut up; now or never; do or die. You get the picture. With the running of Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. II), we finally will have a good idea who will be in the starting lineup for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Post Position Draw Moved Inside

    Keeneland has moved Wednesday's post position draw for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), to be contested over 1 1/8 miles Saturday, from the paddock to inside the sales pavilion due to expected inclement weather.

  • Mr Sword Tunes Up for Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

    Mr Sword tuned up for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong breeze Tuesday morning over the Central Kentucky oval. The Jennifer Pedersen-trainee got the distance in :57 4/5.

  • Consolidator hopes to return to the scene of last fall&#39;s Lane&#39;s End Breeders&#39; Futurity win with a victory in Saturday&#39;s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Consolidator Sharp, Ready for Blue Grass

    Robert and Beverly Lewis' Consolidator sparkled in a swift five furlong breeze Sunday at Churchill Downs that marked his final major prep for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Plenty of Pre-Race Action at Keeneland

    There was plenty of pre-race action at Keeneland Race Course Tuesday morning as a handful of potential Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) runners, including a possible Marker's Mark Mile (gr. IT) and Ashland Stakes (gr. I) starter hit the oval. Opening day at Keeneland is April 8.

  • NTRA to Offer Spring Pick Three Wager April 9

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will offer a national pick three wager "the NTRA Spring Pick 3" on three of the nationally televised races airing live April 9 on NBC from 4-6 p.m.

  • Sun King Has First Work at Churchill Downs

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, winner of both his starts this year including the Tampa Bay Derby, breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 at Churchill Downs Monday in preparation for the April 16 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

  • CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby Returns

    "CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby," a nine-show series on the ABC and ESPN networks that provides coverage of key Visa Triple Crown prep races, returns in March, with coverage of the March 5 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and Swale Stakes (gr. II) from Gulfstream Park.

  • Blue Grass Dinner Quotes and Notes

    The Keeneland Association honored its contestants for Saturday's running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) Thursday evening with a special dinner at the Keene Barn entertainment complex on the Keeneland grounds. The connections from most of the eight runners, Marylou Whitney Stable's Birdstone was scratched earlier in the day, were interviewed following the dinner, and following are some of the comments made by them.

  • Trainer Patrick Biancone, right, with Keeneland&#39;s John Henderson during the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes post position draw.

    Lion Heart 'That Good' as 5-2 Blue Grass Favorite

    Lion Heart was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite against eight other 3-year-olds for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and trainer Patrick Biancone agreed. "He's that good and I hope he gets to show it on the track," Biancone said.

  • Lion Heart had a bullet work Monday in preparation for the Toyota Blue Grass.

    Wood, Blue Grass Hopefuls Work on West Coast

    Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) hopefuls Lion Heart and Preachinatthebar led the Monday morning worktab at Santa Anita. Lion Heart earned the bullet for five furlongs in :58 2/5 and Preachinatthebar posted a time of :59 1/5 for the same distance.

  • Action This Day Set for Keeneland's Blue Grass

    Juvenile champion Action This Day will make his longest excursion when he ships April 5 to Keeneland for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 10, but Richard Mandella does not anticipate any problems with his 3-year-old.

  • TVG to Provide On-Site Coverage of Keeneland Spring Meet

    When racing returns to Central Kentucky, TVG will air live on-site coverage of Keeneland's 15-day Spring Meet, beginning April 2 through April 23. TVG's live coverage will air from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (est) on "Trackside Live!: Keeneland/Aqueduct" and will be simulcast on Fox Sports Net 2 on 11 of the 15 days.

  • Lion Heart may skip Santa Anita for Toyota Blue Grass.

    Biancone: Lion Heart May Run in Blue Grass

    Trainer Patrick Biancone revealed late Friday that he's considering skipping the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with grade I winner Lion Heart in favor of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland a week later.

  • Eurosilver, will miss the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Zito: Eurosilver Will Miss Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

    Trainer Nick Zito said Buckram Oak Farm's Eurosilver, one of the leading candidates for the Triple Crown events, is being treated for an infection and will miss the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Imperialism Sharp; Baffert Duo Works

    Steve Taub's multiple grade II winner Imperialism, getting ready to make his final stop on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail in the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 4/5 over Hollywood Park's fast main track Tuesday.

  • Top Sophomores Nominated to Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

    Almost all of the leading contenders for the Visa Triple Crown Challenge, including trainer Nick Zito's highly regarded twosome of Birdstone and Eurosilver, are among 157 nominees to Keeneland's $750,000, Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds will be run on Saturday, April 10, three weeks before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). It will be televised live on NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET).

  • Farina Fires Back At Brancusi Foul Claim

    Jockey Tony Farina, who rode Brancusi, was upset with criticism leveled at him after a foul claim by jockey Kent Desormeaux, aboard Crowned Dancer in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

  • Peace Rules, morning-line favorite for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Peace Rules 7-5 Blue Grass Choice

    Edmund Gann's Peace Rules, winner of the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his last start, was installed the 7-5 morning line favorite after drawing post two for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Offlee Wild, Supah Blitz Work in Florida

    Offlee Wild, trained by T. V. Smith, worked a half-mile at Gulfstream Park Sunday in :48 1/5. At Calder, Supah Blitz, second in the Fountain of Youth (gr. I) and fourth in the Florida Derby (gr. I) worked five furlongs in 1:01 handily.

  • Ten Cents Works Mile, Arkansas Derby Next

    Ten Cents A Shine, who finished eighth in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) earlier this month, will make his next start in the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) on April 12, owner Ken Ramsey said. The son of Devil His Due worked one mile in 1:38 2/5 at Santa Anita Sunday morning for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.