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Barn Notes -- Sunday, April 13

NO DERBY DECISION ON TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WINNER DANCE WITH FATE

While Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing’s Dance With Fate had an easy morning at Barn 22 following his victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1), trainer Peter Eurton was flying back to his Southern California base.

Dance With Fate Cruises to Victory in 90th Toyota Blue Grass

Occasional View and Marchman Post Grade 3 Victories in Commonwealth and Shakertown

LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2014) – Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing’s Dance With Fate swept past pace-setting Pablo Del Monte at midstretch and had more than enough to hold off Medal Count by 1 3/4 lengths to win the 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) for 3-year-olds before a sun-splashed crowd of 39,722 at Keeneland on Saturday.

Quotes from the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

Peter Eurton (winning trainer of Dance With Fate)

On whether Dance With Fate will run in the Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Yum! Brands

“I just don’t know. It’s three weeks and kind of quick back. I know he loves synthetic better, (likes) turf. I just don’t know if he likes dirt. I know I’m going to hear it from everybody, though.”

 

Corey Nakatani (winning rider)

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 -- Saturday, April 12

WISE DAN DOING WELL MORNING AFTER MAKER’S 46 MILE TRIUMPH

Trainer Charlie LoPresti was one happy camper Saturday morning, the day after Morton Fink’s reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan made a triumphant return to the races with a victory in the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) on Friday.

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 -- Thursday, April 10

VIDEO: TOM LEACH TALKS TO CHARLIE LOPRESTI ABOUT WISE DAN AND INTERVIEWS CONNECTIONS OF TOYOTA BLUE GRASS CONTENDERS BIG BAZINGA AND CASIGUAPO

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviews trainer Charlie LoPresti about two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who is entered in Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) for his 2014 debut. Click here to watch.

Leach also interviews:

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.

Bobby’s Kitten 3-1 Morning-Line Favorite in Field of 14 for Saturday’s 90th Toyota Blue Grass

LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2014) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Bobby’s Kitten, runaway winner of the Pilgrim (G3) last fall, heads a field of 14 horses and one also-eligible for Saturday’s 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Post Position Draw Quotes

April 9, 2014Quotes from Connections of Entrants

 

Emma-Jayne Wilson (rider of Asserting Bear, post position 1; 15-1 in the morning line)

“We just have to sort it out and go from there. A lot can happen. We got a mile and an eighth, so we've got a little bit of a run to the first turn to get things sorted out. We'll take it as it comes.”

 

Mike Trombetta (trainer of Extrasexyhippzster, post 2; 15-1 in the morning line)

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