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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

 

 

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)

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