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Keeneland Barn Notes for April 5

NOTE: KEENELAND IS CLOSED TODAY, EASTER SUNDAY. RACING WILL RESUME WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, WITH A NINE-RACE CARD THAT BEGINS AT 1:05 P.M. ET.

Princess Violet Wins Grade 1 Madison; Kobe’s Back Rallies to Take Commonwealth and Something Extra Goes Gate-to-Wire in Shakertown

LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2015) – Barry Schwartz’s homebred Princess Violet fended off a late bid from Stopchargingmaria by a half-length to win the 14th running of the $350,000 Madison for fillies and mares, the first of three Grade 1 stakes on Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) card.

Also winning stakes prior to the Toyota Blue Grass were Kobe’s Back in the Commonwealth (G3) and Something Extra in the Shakertown (G3).

Quotes from the $125,000 Shakertown (G3)

Gail Cox (winning trainer of Something Extra)

“He had a great trip. (Jockey) Shaun (Bridgmohan) let him do whatever he wanted. Funny, we always thought he liked really, really hard, firm turf, but he loved this (yielding turf course).”

 

Shaun Bridgmohan (winning rider)

“He was pretty content there (on an easy lead). He broke so sharply. Gail and I spoke about it and all she said was ‘just make sure he’s happy.’ He was happy being there.”

 

Keeneland Barn Notes for April 3

NEW LOCATION FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS POSTRACE PRESS CONFERENCE

After Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1), the postrace press conference with the winning connections will be held immediately in a new location: the room next to First Aid just off the Paddock Tunnel.

Quotes from $100,000 Shakertown (G3)

Bret Calhoun (winning trainer of Marchman)

“We thought the firm turf here would help him a lot. He’s a big, heavy horse and we thought the firmer going would be good for him and he obviously likes the grass. (Jockey) Robby (Albarado) made a great decision right away from there. The horse was going very easy the first quarter mile and I think that won the race. Robby made some split-second decisions and obviously made the right decision this time.”

 

Robby Albarado (winning jockey)

Keeneland Sale Graduates Showcased in Saturday Graded Stakes

LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2014) – Forty-seven graduates of the Keeneland sales are entered in Saturday graded stakes, dominating the fields for the day’s two major Kentucky Derby (G1) preps – the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and the Arkansas Derby (G1).

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

TOYOTA BLUE GRASS (G1), Keeneland, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs 

Barn Notes -- Friday, April 11

TOYOTA BLUE GRASS INFORMATION

EARLY POST: On Saturday, April 12, Keeneland will offer 12 races. Post time for the first race is 12:35 p.m. ET. The $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) is the 11th race with a 5:45 p.m. post. Click here for the day’s card.

Barn Notes -- Wednesday, April 9

SO LONESOME ARRIVES FOR RUN IN TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

Patricia Schuler’s So Lonesome arrived at Keeneland from his winter base at Palm Meadows in South Florida shortly before 7 o’clock Wednesday morning for a shot in Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1).

Winner of a New York-bred stakes on turf at Aqueduct last fall, So Lonesome finished ninth in the Palm Beach (G3) at Gulfstream Park in his lone start of 2014.

Barn Notes -- Saturday, April 5

BOBBY’S KITTEN BREEZES FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Bobby’s Kitten, the possible favorite for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 12, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 this morning with Marino Garcia aboard for trainer Chad Brown. (Click here to watch a video of the work.)

Bobby’s Kitten worked after the break, and clockers caught him in fractions of :11.80, :23.80, :35.40, 1:00.20 and out in 1:14.80.

 

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