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Toyota Blue Grass Hopeful McCraken Works Six Furlongs in 1:13.40 at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (March 27, 2017) – Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated graded stakes winner McCraken on Monday morning worked 6 furlongs in 1:13.40 on a fast track at Keeneland as he continues preparations for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, opening Saturday of the 2017 Spring Meet. The work was the second at Keeneland for McCraken, a 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper who covered five furlongs in a minute flat one week ago.

Toyota Blue Grass Hopeful McCraken Works at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (March 20, 2017) – Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated graded stakes winner McCraken, who arrived at Keeneland on Thursday to begin preparations for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, worked five furlongs in one minute flat Monday with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard. The time was the fastest of seven works at the distance.

Keeneland clockers caught McCraken in fractions of :12.60, :26.20, 37.20, :48.20 and 1:00 and galloping out in 1:12.80.

Champion Classic Empire Headlines Nominees to Keeneland’s $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass

Click here for a list of Toyota Blue Grass (G2) nominees and past performances, and stakes history and statistics.

LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 24, 2017) – John C. Oxley’s champion Classic Empire leads an all-star roster of 146 sophomores, including 18 of the top 20 point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), nominated to the 93rd running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, opening Saturday of Keeneland’s 2017 Spring Meet.

Keeneland September Sale Alumni Burnish Classic Credentials

LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2016) – Alumni of Keeneland’s 2014 September Yearling Sale enhanced their standings among the top classic contenders with spectacular wins on Saturday. On the Road to the Kentucky Derby, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Brody’s Cause posted a strong performance to win the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland, while Exaggerator romped to a 6¼-length victory in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1).

Brody’s Cause Wins $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass

LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2016) – The Albaugh Family Stable’s Brody’s Cause surged to the front at midstretch and cruised to a 1¾-length victory over My Man Sam to win the 92nd running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) before a crowd of 20,848 on a sunny but cool Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

Quotes for the $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

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Dale Romans (winning trainer of Brody’s Cause and third-place finisher Cherry Wine)

Tom Leach Interviews Connections of Horses in Toyota Blue Grass and Friday Runner with Notable Name

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviews these horsemen with horses racing Saturday in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1):

Eric Guillot, trainer of Laoban.

Toyota Blue Grass/Central Bank Ashland Draw is Tuesday Morning

Toyota Blue Grass/Central Bank Ashland Draw is Tuesday Morning

On Tuesday morning, Keeneland will conduct the post position draws for Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) in a special event to be held in the Limestone Café in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

The Central Bank Ashland draw is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. and be followed by the Toyota Blue Grass draw. 

Probable Toyota Blue Grass Field Swells to 13

Probable Toyota Blue Grass Field Swells to 13

The list of probable entrants into Saturday’s 92nd running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) rose to 13, according to Keeneland Racing Secretary Ben Huffman on Sunday morning.

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