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Toyota Blue Grass Winner Irap Staying Put for a While

LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2017) – The Irap Traveling Show will remain at Keeneland for the time being.

Six Trainers Have Won Blue Grass-Ashland in the Same Year

LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2017) – Kenny McPeek is one of six trainers who have won the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and Central Bank Ashland (G1) in the same year. In a little more than a half-hour on Saturday, he could become the first trainer to repeat the feat Saturday if Daddys Lil Darling wins the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland and It’s Your Nickel takes the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass.

Tom Leach Interviews Keeneland Horsemen

LEXINGTON, KY (April 5, 2017) – Keeneland Racing Analyst Tom Leach, the “Voice of the Wildcats” for University of Kentucky football and men’s basketball, interviewed leading horsemen with starters in the opening weekend stakes:

Trainer Ian Wilkes on McCraken in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass and Sonic Boom in Friday’s Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select.

Chad Brown Likes Timing of Toyota Blue Grass for Practical Joke

LEXINGTON, KY (April 3, 2017) – Recipient of the 2016 Eclipse Award as North America’s outstanding trainer, Chad Brown will send out two-time Grade 1 winner Practical Joke in Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2). Brown had considered running the Into Mischief colt in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on April 1.

Undefeated McCraken Slated to Work Sunday Morning for Toyota Blue Grass

LEXINGTON, KY (April 1, 2017) – Trainer Ian Wilkes said Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated McCraken would work Sunday morning after the renovation break for next Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2).

“It looks like the rain is going to start early Monday, so we will go ahead and work tomorrow,” said Wilkes, whose initial preference was to work Monday.

McCraken, who has had two works here since arriving in mid-March from South Florida, will have regular rider Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard for the work.

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).

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