Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

‘Blockbuster’ Weekend Of Racing Kicks Off Keeneland’s Spring Meet

Keeneland kicks off its 2017 Spring Meet on Friday with a spectacular weekend of racing that features seven graded stakes worth $2.55 million, headlined by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), both major prep races on the Roads to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively. […]

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‘Filled Out, Stronger’ McCraken Works Five Furlongs At Keeneland Monday

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 […]

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Thomas McCarthy, Owner-Trainer Of General Quarters, Dies

Thomas R. McCarthy, the retired high school principal that owned and trained 2009 Kentucky Derby contender General Quarters, passed away Thursday morning. He was 82. The sad news was reported by several sources, including journalist Jennie Rees, via Twitter – Sad news: Tom McCarthy, trainer of BG and WR Turf Classic winner General Quarters, died […]

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Stallion Brilliant Speed Killed By Lightning Strike

Grade 1 winner Brilliant Speed, whose first crop are 2-year-olds this season, was found dead in his paddock at Three Chimneys Farm July 13. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the 8-year-old stallion had been struck by lightning. “He was found stricken in his paddock,” Chris Baker, Three Chimneys’ chief operating officer told the Blood-Horse. “The […]

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Keeneland Posts All-Time Handle Record Of $21.7M On Blue Grass Day

Keeneland posted an all-time single-day handle record of $21,736,983 on Toyota Blue Grass Day, April 9. All-sources wagering included $20,805,455 handled on Keeneland’s 11 live races; $423,679 wagered on the Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick 4; and on-track simulcast handle of $507,849. The record bested the previous record of $21,647,378 set on Toyota Blue Grass Day, April […]

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Brody’s Cause Proves Himself With Blue Grass Victory

Dennis Albaugh’s Brody’s Cause finally returned to form with a late-running victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, grinding out the win by 1 1/2 lengths. The sophomore son of Giant’s Causeway covered the 1 1/8 miles over the fast main track in 1:50.20 for trainer Dale Romans, earning his way […]

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Keeneland Spring Meet To Feature Comprehensive Live Coverage

Keeneland’s Spring Meet will be broadcast live on multiple platforms, including national television, local radio networks and, as part of extensive coverage of the 16-day season that opens Friday, April 8. The $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1), an important prep for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), on Saturday, April 9, […]

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Keeneland, NYRA Offer All-Graded Stakes Pick 4 Saturday

Two of the most prestigious races leading up to the Kentucky Derby are being offered in a special all-graded stakes Pick 4 this Saturday by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and Keeneland. The Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Grade 1, $1 million Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland, […]

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Zulu Leads Full Field In Toyota Blue Grass

An oversized field of 16 sophomores drew post positions Tuesday afternoon for this Saturday’s Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. With 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby on the line, each colt’s connections are hopeful that a big effort in Keeneland’s $1-million race will provide them with a chance to enter the starting gate on […]

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