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Looking Back: Alydar Gave Lucille Markey A ‘Big Thrill’ In 1978 Blue Grass

The post parade of Keeneland’s 1978 Blue Grass left an indelible memory in Thoroughbred racing lore. As the field meandered to the starting gate, jockey Jorge Velasquez steered Calumet Farm’s homebred Alydar to the outside rail, where his owners Lucille and Admiral Gene Markey waited on the Clubhouse lawn. Lucille Markey was 81 and in failing health […]

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Quip Shifted To Arkanses Derby To Chase Grade 1 Status

China Horse Club International and WinStar Farm LLC will be represented in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) after all. After unbeaten Justify was removed from consideration for the Arkansas Derby, trainer Rodolphe Brisset said Thursday that Grade 2 winner Quip was heading to Oaklawn to run in the April 14 race for his high-profile connections. Quip, […]

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Free Drop Billy, Tiz Mischief Look To Rebound In Blue Grass; Flameaway To ‘Hustle’ From Outside Post

Trainer Dale Romans was at Keeneland Friday morning to oversee his two Toyota Blue Grass (G2) entrants – Albaugh Family Stables’ Free Drop Billy and Frank Jones Jr.’s Tiz Mischief – as each galloped 1½ miles after the renovation break. The stablemates shipped to Keeneland Thursday from their Churchill Downs base. “They trained super, they’re feeling good and they love this race track,” […]

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Brown ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Good Magic’s Chances In Blue Grass

Chad Brown, coming off two consecutive years that earned him the Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer, was at Keeneland for the first time this season Friday morning to oversee the training of his stable that includes champion and Toyota Blue Grass (G2) 2-1 morning-line favorite Good Magic. “The horse looks great,” Brown said about the Curlin colt, who […]

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Arawak Likely To Join Stablemate Blended Citizen In Blue Grass Stakes

Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, said Monday morning that plans are to enter R3 Racing, Steven Keh and CTR Stables’ Arawak on Tuesday for Saturday’s 94th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2). “It looks like we are going to enter both,” Sisterson said, referring to Arawak and Greg Hall and SAYJAY Racing’s Blended Citizen. Blended Citizen and Arawak finished first […]

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Tampa Bay Derby Winner Quip Pleases Brisset With Final Breeze Before Blue Grass

China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm and SF Racing’s Quip completed his major preparation for Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) by working 5 furlongs in company in 1:00.40 over a fast track early Sunday at Keeneland. With trainer Rodolphe Brisset aboard, Quip started two lengths in back of Potomac and finished on even terms in posting fractions of :12.60, :25, :47.20 […]

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Blue Grass Probable Blended Citizen ‘Handled The Track’ In Keeneland Breeze

Greg Hall and SAYJAY Racing’s Blended Citizen, who has had much of his success on the grass and all-weather surfaces, prepared for his return to the dirt in next Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) by working 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 over a fast main track this morning at Keeneland. Blended Citizen and workmate Arawak began to ease into the […]

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Sporting Chance, Good Magic ‘Probable’ For Toyota Blue Grass

Robert Baker and William Mack’s Sporting Chance and Three Diamonds Farm’s California Night have joined the list of prospective starters for the 94th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2). The 1 1/8-mile dirt race on April 7 offers 170 points on a scale of 100-40-20-10 to the first four finishers on the Road to the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented […]

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Keeneland Meet Offers Lower Takeout, Early Pick 5

Keeneland’s 2018 Spring Meet, which kicks off Friday, April 6, promises 16 days of spectacular racing highlighted by 16 stakes worth a season-record $4.4 million. The meet gets off to a fast start as opening weekend will showcase many of racing’s stars competing in eight graded stakes, led by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) […]

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