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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

 

 

War Dancer Overcomes Bad Start to Win Wednesday’s Featured Taylor Made Purse

LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2013) – Magdalena Racing’s War Dancer, who spotted the field nearly 10 lengths after being unprepared at the start, rallied from last in a field of 12 to win the featured $60,000 Taylor Made Purse for three-year-olds by a half-length over Positively before a crowd of 9,359 on a warm Wednesday afternoon at Keeneland.

Trained by Ken McPeek and ridden by Alan Garcia, War Dancer covered 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:42.44.

Keeneland Barn Notes - Wednesday, April 10

  • GANTRY, HANDSOME MIKE HEADLINE SATURDAY’S COMMONWEALTH FIELD
  • PERFECT OFFICER FACES EIGHT RIVALS IN BID FOR SHAKERTOWN REPEAT
  • SIZABLE FIELD EXPECTED FOR SUNDAY’S BEAUMONT
  • QUOTES FROM TODD PLETCHER, CHAD BROWN ON TOYOTA BLUE GRASS DRAW
  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

 

GANTRY, HANDSOME MIKE HEADLINE SATURDAY’S COMMONWEALTH FIELD

Full Field Signs on for Saturday’s 89th Running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1)

LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2013) – A full field of 14 horses plus one also-eligible passed the entry box Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 89th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.

Quotes - Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Post Position Draw

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Post Position Draw

April 10, 2013

Quotes from Connections of Entrants

 

Norm Casse (son of and assistant to trainer Mark Casse, trainer of Dynamic Sky, post position 1)

Keeneland Barn Notes - Wednesday, April 3, 2013

  • TESSERON WORKS TOWARD POSSIBLE START IN TOYOTA BLUE GRASS
  • BROWN ALMIGHTY RETURNS TO THE TURF IN FRIDAY’S TRANSYLVANIA
  • GALLOPING OUT

 

TESSERON WORKS TOWARD POSSIBLE START IN TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

Champion Shanghai Bobby, Verrazano Highlight 189 Nominees to Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass

LEXINGTON, KY (March 11, 2013) – Champion Shanghai Bobby, and fellow top Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders Orb, Verrazano, and Hear the Ghost lead the 189 three-year-olds nominated to this year’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1), to be run Saturday, April 13, at Keeneland.

The complete list of 2013 Toyota Blue Grass nominees and past performances for each horse are available at Keeneland.com. A late nomination period closes Wednesday, March 27.

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