A LIST OF TOYOTA BLUE GRASS (G1) CONTENDERS, LISTED IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE, APPEARS AT THE END OF NOTES
THREE MORE COLTS READY TO ENTER TOYOTA BLUE GRASS IF OPPORTUNITY ARISES
Connections for three colts informed the Keeneland racing office Tuesday morning that they would like to take a shot at Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) if they can get in the starting gate.
The Toyota Blue Grass is limited to 14 starters with preference given to graded stakes winners and then highest earnings when entries are taken Wednesday.
As of Tuesday morning, the top 14 in preference order deemed as probable starters by Keeneland racing officials were Uncaptured, Balance the Books, Dynamic Sky, West Hills Giant, Java’sWar, Charming Kitten, Rydilluc, Fear the Kitten, Palace Malice, Undrafted, Channel Isle, MyName Is Michael, Tesseron and Footbridge.
The three new hopefuls, who would rank 15, 16 and 18, respectively, on the preference list are Silverton Hill LLC’s Divine Ambition, Team Valor International’s Cerro (IRE) and Charles Fipke’sPerfect Title. Possible starter Eton Blue, owned by Marylou Whitney, is 17th on the preference list.
In Toyota Blue Grass activity at Keeneland Tuesday morning, the Mark Casse-trained duo ofUncaptured and Dynamic Sky had different agendas. Uncaptured walked the shedrow at Barn 1 while Dynamic Sky galloped early on the main track under exercise rider Jason Hoyte.
In the second set at 7 a.m. for trainer Chad Brown, Balance the Books jogged once around the main track with exercise rider Kriss Bon aboard.
Trainer John Terranova said West Hills Giant arrived at Keeneland from New York at 4:30 Tuesday morning. West Hills Giant worked five furlongs in 1:00.47 on the Belmont Park training track Monday morning, a move that convinced Terranova to take a shot at the Toyota Blue Grass. West Hills Giant is scheduled to return to the track in the morning.
Java’s War, who arrived at Keeneland from Florida yesterday afternoon, walked the shedrow this morning for trainer Ken McPeek. The War Pass colt is scheduled to gallop over the racetrack tomorrow.
Rydilluc visited the starting gate and then galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Ricardo Orantes. “Rydilluc never has had a problem at the gate, but I stand all my horses at least one time a week at the gate,” trainer Gary Contessa said. “He was perfect today and I won’t take him again unless he draws the one hole tomorrow.”
With exercise rider Miguel Perez, Undrafted galloped about 1 ½ miles for trainer Wesley Ward shortly after 9 a.m.
Another candidate who was on the track early was My Name Is Michael, who jogged once around the track and stood in the starting gate for Rodolphe Brisset, assistant to trainer Bill Mott.
For trainer Josie Carroll, Tesseron jogged a mile and galloped a mile under exercise rider Corrie Auchterlonie about 6 a.m.
Footbridge, who worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Monday morning at Betfair Hollywood Park for trainer Eoin Harty, is scheduled to ship to Keeneland Wednesday with a midday arrival expected.
Eton Blue arrived at Keeneland on Monday and was tack-walked Tuesday, according to Eoghan Conlon, assistant to trainer Nick Zito.
At Churchill Downs, trainer Todd Pletcher’s two Toyota Blue Grass hopefuls, Charming Kitten and Palace Malice, galloped on the main track after arriving Monday from Palm Meadows in South Florida.
LARGE FIELDS EXPECTED FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE 1 JENNY WILEY AND MADISON
Two other Grade 1 stakes are on top for Saturday to go with the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1), and Keeneland racing officials anticipate sizable fields to be entered for both on Wednesday.
The 25th running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf is expected to attract Daisy Devine, who will try to join Intercontinental (GB) as the only runner to win the race in consecutive years. (Intercontinental won in 2004 and 2005.) Others considered as probable for the race are Abaco, Ausus, Better Lucky, Centre Court, Hard Not to Like, Old Tune (BRZ), QuietOasis (IRE) and Samitar (GB).
Three California invaders are expected to be among the entries for the 12th running of the $300,000 Madison Stakes on the main track. Scheduled to come from California on Wednesday are GreatHot (BRZ), Byrama (GB) and Shumoos. Other Madison probable include Dr. Diamonds Prize,Drama Drama, Jamaican Smoke, Kune Kune (GB), Last Full Measure and Queen’s Award.
Two Grade 3 stakes also are on Saturday’s 12-race program: the 27th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes at seven furlongs on the main track and the 17th running of the $100,000 Shakertown Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on the grass.
Commonwealth probables include Bernie the Maestro, Bind, Candyman E, Gantry, Handsome Mike and Night Party.
Likely Shakertown entrants include defending champion Perfect Officer, Berlino Di Tiger (BRZ),Canuletmedowneasy, China, Havelock, Hogy, Regally Ready, Something Extra and WekivaWachee.
TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS
Wednesday, April 10
Keeneland Handicapping Contest presented by Daily Racing Form. Register at Wagering Central. Entry fee is $10; 100% of fees are returned in prizes, with the top 10 handicappers qualifying to Keeneland’s Tournament of Champions in November. Winners of the Tournament of Champions receive an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to compete in the 2014 Coast Casinos Horseplayer World Series.
Thursday, April 11 - Sunday, April 14
The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a trunk show with hat milliner Christine A. Moore and Elizabeth McKay. Fans can meet these celebrity designers from 9 a.m.– 6 p.m. ET.
Friday, April 12
Tailgating on “The Hill.” Owing to its popularity, Keeneland will open “The Hill” for Friday tailgating fun. Located adjacent to the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill features food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, and race-day programs and general admission tickets available for purchase.
Maker’s Mark bottle signing will begin at 6:30 a.m. The 2013 commemorative bottle celebrates University of Kentucky basketball great Dan Issel. Proceeds from sales of the bottle will benefit UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart Institute. The Keeneland Gift Shop will host a Maker’s Mark Dipping Station on the first floor grandstand for fans to have special Keeneland and Maker’s Mark merchandise dipped from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $200,000-guaranteed pool will be offered on races 7-10.
Friday Happy Hour. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the final race to enjoy live music and simulcast wagering at Happy Hour in the Mezzanine Bar.
Friday, April 12 - Saturday, April 13
The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a book signing with internationally acclaimed artist Peter Williams, author of Peter Williams Retrospective: Paintings and People Dear to Me, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Saturday, April 13
Sunrise Trackside offers activities for the entire family beginning at 7 a.m. with Breakfast With the Works, featuring a Southern-style breakfast and trackside commentary on Thoroughbreds as they train until 8:30 a.m.); children’s activities in the Kids Club Corner (7-9 a.m.); a demonstration in the paddock with Justin the Artistic Horse (8:45 a.m.); walking tours of Keeneland (8:30-10:30 a.m.); photos with legendary bugler George “Bucky” Sallee in the paddock (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); a trackside handicapping seminar (11:30 a.m.); and a Q&A session with a Keeneland jockey in the paddock (12:05 p.m.).
Tailgating on “The Hill.” Watch and wager on Keeneland’s live racing from the tailgate lot. Located adjacent to the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill features a variety of food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, and race-day programs and general admission tickets available for purchase. A concert series, held in conjunction with Best of Bluegrass, will feature Laurel River Line (April 13) and Town Mountain (April 20).
“ABRV at The Hill.” The interactive fan experience is the latest initiative from The Jockey Club’s new cross-country fan development initiative, America’s Best Racing (ABR). The ABR tour bus, dubbed the ABRV, and six brand ambassadors will bring the popular Racing 101 program to the tailgate lot.
Keeneland Double. A day at the races features the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and is followed by the University of Kentucky’s Blue-White scrimmage football game at Commonwealth Stadium. Fans can park early in the day at Commonwealth Stadium, take a Lextran bus or trolley for $1 each way to Keeneland for a day at the races and return to Commonwealth for the 7 p.m. kickoff. Lextran will have dedicated shuttles from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 4:25 – 6:45 p.m.
All Stakes Pick 4 presented by TVG. A $250,000 guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Four Presented by TVG features races 7-10, the Shakertown (G3), Madison (G1), Jenny Wiley (G1) and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1). Two Pick Five wagers will be offered: Early Pick Five on races 3-7 and a Late Pick Five on races 8-12.
Sunday, April 14
Horses and Hope Pink Day. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise breast cancer awareness. Keeneland co-hosts Pink Day with Horses and Hope, First Lady Jane Beshear’s initiative to reach women working in Kentucky’s horse industry with education and mammography screening. Join survivors and supporters in the North Terrace for live music, a ladies-only handicapping contest, prize drawings and unique Pink Day activities. Prior to the races, a special luncheon sponsored by the First Lady, Kentucky Cancer Program, embry’s and WKYT-TV will be held in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.
2013 TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES (G1) CONTENDERS
LISTED IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE
The maximum number of starters for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) on Saturday will be limited to 14. In the event that more than 14 pass the entry box, the 14 starters will be determined at that time with preference given to graded stakes winners (in order 1-2-3), then highest earnings.
HORSE JOCKEY TRAINER/BARN
UNCAPTURED* M. Mena M. Casse/KEE 1
Last race: 2nd Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP
Last work: 5F in 1:01.40 on 4/6 @ KEE
BALANCE THE BOOKS* J. Castellano C. Brown/KEE 12
Last race: 11th Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP
Last work: 4F in :48.20 on 4/7 @ KEE
DYNAMIC SKY J. Rosario M. Casse/KEE 1
Last race: 4th Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on 3/9
Last work: 5F in 1:01.40 on 4/6 @ CD
WEST HILLS GIANT J. Espinoza J. Terranova/KEE 23
Last race: 2nd Gotham (G3) on 3/2 @ Aqu
Last work: 5F in 1:00.47 on 4/8 @ BEL
JAVA’S WAR J. Leparoux K. McPeek/KEE 32
Last race: 2nd Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on 3/9
Last work: 5F in 1:00.56 on 4/7 @ GP
CHARMING KITTEN T. Pletcher/CD
Last race: 2nd Palm Beach (G3) on 3/3 @ GP
Last work: 4F in :50.08 @ Palm Meadows
RYDILLUC* E. Prado G. Contessa/KEE 30
Last race: Won Palm Beach (G3) on 3/3 @ GP
Last work: 7F in 1:28.60 on 4/6 @ KEE
FEAR THE KITTEN R. Napravnik M. Maker/CDT
Last race: 5th Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP
Last work: 5F in 1:02.20 on 4/6 @ Trackside
PALACE MALICE* G. Gomez T. Pletcher/CD
Last race: 7th LA Derby (G2) on 3/30 @ FG
UNDRAFTED* W. Ward/KEE 47
Last race: 3rd Swale (G3) on 3/2 @ GP
Last work: 5F in 1:01.60 on 4/6 @ KEE
CHANNEL ISLE J. Rocco Jr. D.Wayne Lukas/CD
Last race: 7th Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP
Last work: 5F in 1:00.60 on 4/4/@ CD
MY NAME IS MICHAEL* S. Bridgmohan B. Mott/KEE 25
Last race: 8th Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP
Last work: 4F in :49 on 4/7 @ KEE
TESSERON A. Garcia J. Carroll/KEE 7
Last race: 4th OC on 2/23 @ GP
Last work: 6F in 1:16.20 on 4/3 @ KEE
FOOTBRIDGE C. Lanerie E. Harty/BHP
Last race: Won maiden on 3/17 @ SA
Last work: 5F in 1:00.40 on 4/8 @ BHP
Arrives KEE on 4/10
POSSIBLES IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE:
DIVINE AMBITION* D. Miller/KEE 30
Last race: 2nd Rushaway on 3/23 @ TP
Last work: 4F in :47.60 on 4/8 @ KEE
CERRO G. Motion/KEE 28
Last race: 6th Fountain of Youth (G2) on 2/23 @ GP
Last work: 5F in 1:01 on 4/8 @ KEE
ETON BLUE N. Zito/KEE 25
Last race: 5th Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on 3/9
Last work: 4F in :48.30 on 4/6 @ PM
PERFECT TITLE D. Stewart/CD
Last race: Won maiden on 2/9 @ FG
Last work: 4F in :48.20 on 3/30 @ FG
*Indicates Keeneland sales graduates