LEXINGTON, KY (March 6, 2014) – The nation’s best 3-year-olds, led by graded stakes winners Samraat, Intense Holiday and Wildcat Red, headline an all-star list of 191 nominees to the 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1), scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at Keeneland.
The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass is one of the country’s premier 3-year-old preps, offering 100 points to the winner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).
This year’s nomination list includes 22 of the current top 25 point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard. Among the 191 nominees (in order of most points on the Road to the Derby) are undefeated Samraat (winner of the Withers-G3 and Gotham-G3), Intense Holiday (Risen Star-G2), Wildcat Red (Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth-G2), Tapiture (Kentucky Jockey Club-G2 and Southwest-G3), Vicar’s in Trouble (Lecomte-G3), Cairo Prince (Nashua-G2 and Holy Bull-G2), Tamarando (El Camino Real Derby-G3) and Candy Boy (Robert B. Lewis-G2). Also nominated is reigning juvenile champion Shared Belief.
A complete list of 2014 Toyota Blue Grass nominees and their past performances, statistics and a history of the race can be found at Keeneland.com/bluegrass.
A late nomination period for the Toyota Blue Grass closes Wednesday, March 26.
“The depth and quality of this year’s Toyota Blue Grass nominations is extraordinary; it is a ‘who’s who’ of today’s Derby hopefuls,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing W.B. Rogers Beasley said. “We thank our horsemen for their strong support of our racing program.”
Eclipse Award-winning conditioner Todd Pletcher nominated 27 three-year-olds to lead all trainers. Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert are represented by 11 and 10 nominees, respectively.
FOX Sports 1 will provide live coverage of the Toyota Blue Grass from 4:30–6 p.m. ET as part of The Jockey Club Racing Tour.
Toyota Blue Grass Day will feature a strong undercard, highlighted by four other graded stakes – Jenny Wiley (G1), Madison (G1), Commonwealth (G3) and Shakertown (G3). Post time for the first race is 12:30 p.m. ET.
Last year, Charles Fipke’s homebred Java’s War overcame a slow start to catch eventual Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice in the final yards to win the Toyota Blue Grass by a neck before a crowd of 37,161, the second largest in track history. (Click here to watch the 2013 Toyota Blue Grass.)
Keeneland’s 2014 Spring Meet will be held April 4-25 with racing Wednesday through Sunday except for Easter Sunday, April 20. Post time for the first race (except for Toyota Blue Grass Day) is 1:05 p.m.