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Barn Notes -- Monday, March 31

Full Gate of 14 Looking Possible for Toyota Blue Grass

A full gate of 14 runners is looking like a strong possibility for the 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 12, the centerpiece of the 15-day Keeneland Spring Meet that opens Friday.

Barn Notes -- Sun., March 30

Extrasexyhippzster Works for Toyota Blue Grass

Kirwan Equine Group Inc. and Ed Hipps’ Extrasexyhippzster worked five furlongs in company in 1:00 on a cool, clear Sunday morning at Keeneland.

With jockey Stewart Elliott up, Exxtrasexyhippzster started four lengths behind workmate War Ready and posted fractions of :12.80, :24.80, :36.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.40. Extrasexyhippzster finished two lengths back at the wire and drew even on the gallop out.

Top Derby Contenders Samraat, Intense Holiday, Wildcat Red Headline 191 Nominations to Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass

LEXINGTON, KY (March 6, 2014) – The nation’s best 3-year-olds, led by graded stakes winners Samraat, Intense Holiday and Wildcat Red, headline an all-star list of 191 nominees to the 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1), scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at Keeneland. 

The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass is one of the country’s premier 3-year-old preps, offering 100 points to the winner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Keeneland Schedules 16 Stakes Worth $3.725 Million for 2014 Spring Meet

Purse Increases for Beaumont and Elkhorn

LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 14, 2013) – Sixteen stakes worth a total of $3.725 million, boosted by purse increases for the Beaumont Presented by Keeneland Select (G2) and Elkhorn (G2), headline Keeneland’s 2014 spring race meet, to be held April 4-25. 

Two-time Blue Grass Stakes-winning trainer Harvey L. Vanier dies

Harvey L. Vanier, who saddled two winners of the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland during his long training career, died Dec. 1 in Versailles, Ky. He was 89.

Vanier sent out his first Keeneland winner during the 1951 fall meeting and won 143 races here through the 2006 fall season. He was the leading trainer during the 1987 spring meeting when he won seven races.

In 1983, Vanier sent out 19-1 longshot Play Fellow to win the Blue Grass. The colt raced for Vanier’s wife, Nancy, and partners Carl Lauer and Robert Victor.

Keeneland Barn Notes - Sunday, April 14

  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES HORSES FINE MORNING AFTER RACE
  • SATURDAY STAKES WINNERS EXIT TRIUMPHS IN GOOD ORDER
  • COOLMORE LEXINGTON FIELD TAKING SHAPE FOR SATURDAY
  • 2013 SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

 

TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES HORSES FINE MORNING AFTER RACE

“Java’s War came out of Blue Grass fine. Trainer is exhausted. Thank You for opportunity Mr Fipke. Special winning in my home town Lexington”

Java’s War Wins Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1), Punches Kentucky Derby Ticket

Handsome Mike Takes Commonwealth (G3), Havelock Captures Shakertown (G3)

LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2013) – Charles Fipke’s homebred Java’s War overcame a slow start to catch Palace Malice in the final yards to win the 89th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) by a neck before a crowd of 37,161 on a bright Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

Saturday’s attendance is the second largest in track history, surpassed only by the 40,617 on hand for last year’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

Quotes - $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1)

Ken McPeek (winning trainer of Java’s War)

On scoring his second victory in the race

“This isn’t about me. Mr. Fipke (breeder and owner Charles E. Fipke) puts a lot of money in this game. He breeds a lot of really quality mares. He really studies it. He bred a really nice horse, and we’re fortunate to have it in our hands. Yeah, it’s fun for me, but listen he’s the one who put up the dough and I’m thrilled for him.”

On Java’s War’s slow break

Keeneland Barn Notes - Saturday, April 13

POST-RACE INTERVIEWS WITH THE WINNING CONNECTIONS OF THE TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

WILL BE HELD IN THE FIRST-FLOOR JOCKEY QUARTERS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RACE

 

Keeneland Barn Notes - Friday, April 12

  • FOOTBRIDGE TAKES BIG JUMP FROM MAIDEN VICTORY TO GRADE 1 TOYOTA BLUE GRASS
  • CECIL MAKES RARE KEENELAND APPEARANCE FOR TWO SATURDAY STAKES
  • RAMSEYS TAKE AIM ON OWNERS WIN MARK
  • VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH OWNER KEN RAMSEY AND TRAINER EDDIE KENNEALLY
  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS
  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS CONTENDER LISTING
  • 2013 SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

 

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