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Barn Notes: Full Gate Possible for Toyota Blue Grass; Field of Eight Probable for Central Bank Ashland

March 28, 2019

Less than a week before entries for the 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) are taken Wednesday, April 3, a full gate of 14 runners might face the starter for the April 6 race.

According to Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Tiffany Bourque, 13 horses are considered probable for the 1 1/8-mile dirt test with another five deemed as possible starters. The Toyota Blue Grass carries 170 qualifying points for the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) on a 100-40-20-10 basis to the first four finishers.

Heading the list of probables is Tommie Lewis, David Bernsen and Magadalena Racing’s Signalman. Trained by Kenny McPeek, Signalman was second in last fall’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) in his lone Keeneland start.

Other probables include Admire (trained by Dale Romans), Chase the Ghost (Dallas Stewart), Chess Chief (Stewart), Dream Maker (Mark Casse), Hoffa’s Union (Casse), Lucky Lee (John Servis), Market King (D. Wayne Lukas), Mr. Ankeny (Romans), Sir Winston (Casse), So Alive (Todd Pletcher), Somelikeithotbrown (Mike Maker) and Vekoma (George Weaver).

Considered as possible are Current (Pletcher), Galilean (Jerry Hollendorfer), Joevia (Greg Sacco), Our Braintrust (Casse) and Tax (Danny Gargan).

Also scheduled for April 6 is the 82nd running of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The race carries 170 qualifying points for the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 3.

Topping the roster of eight probables are D. J. Stable and Cash is King’s champion Jaywalk and Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider, the 1-2 finishers in last fall’s Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs.

John Servis trains Jaywalk, who arrived at Keeneland on Tuesday from her winter base in Florida. Two-time Ashland winner Kenny McPeek trains Restless Rider, who won the Darley Alcibiades (G1) here last fall.

Other fillies considered as probable for the race are Bell’s the One (Neil Pessin), Bizwhacks (Doug O’Neill), Chocolate Kisses (Mark Casse), Feedback (Chad Brown), Lady Kate (Eddie Kenneally) and Needs Supervision (Jeremiah O’Dwyer). Considered as possible is Orra Moor (Pletcher).