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Long-shot Irap holds off Practical Joke before 32,610 fans, becomes first maiden to win Toyota Blue Grass

Reddam Racing’s Irap became the first maiden to win the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) for 3-year-olds on Saturday, holding off Practical Joke by three-quarters of a length before a crowd of 32,610. Trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Irap covered the 1 1/8 miles on a fast main track in 1:50.39 in the 93rd running of the race. It was the second victory in the race for Leparoux,...

Champion Classic Empire headlines nominees to Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass

John C. Oxley’s champion Classic Empire leads an all-star roster of 146 sophomores, including 18 of the top 20 point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), nominated to the 93rd running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, opening Saturday of Keeneland’s 2017 Spring Meet. The Toyota Blue Grass is one of the nation’s richest prep races for the Kentucky Derby Presented...

Brody’s Cause surges to Toyota Blue Grass win, punches ticket into Kentucky Derby field

The Albaugh Family Stable’s Brody’s Cause surged to the front at midstretch and cruised to a 1¾-length victory over My Man Sam to win the 92nd running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) before a crowd of 20,848 on a sunny but cool Saturday afternoon at Keeneland. Trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Luis Saez, Brody’s Cause covered the 1 1/8 miles on a fast main track in 1:50.20. The victory...

Zulu early favorite for Toyota Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland; Cathryn Sophia even money in Ashland

Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Stonestreet Stables’ Zulu was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 92nd running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1). A total of 16 3-year-olds were entered Tuesday with the Ken and Sarah Ramsey-owned duo of Pinson and Hint of Roses being placed on the also-eligible list. The 1 1/8-mile main track test serves as a major steppingstone...

Lovely Maria, I’m a Chatterbox poised to provide Jones with third Kentucky Oaks win

Lovely Maria became a favorite for the Kentucky Oaks after winning the Ashland Stakes for trainer Larry Jones at Keeneland on April 5 (Keeneland Photo)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   In his early days of training racehorses in Western Kentucky, Larry Jones said he never imagined winning prestigious races.   “When I started, all I wanted was to win at Ellis Park and for...

Lovely Maria, I'm a Chatterbox poised to provide Jones with third Kentucky Oaks win

Lovely Maria became a favorite for the Kentucky Oaks after winning the Ashland Stakes for trainer Larry Jones at Keeneland on April 5 (Keeneland Photo)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   In his early days of training racehorses in Western Kentucky, Larry Jones said he never imagined winning prestigious races.   “When I started, all I wanted was to win at Ellis Park and for...

Raising the Stakes: Keeneland moves Blue Grass to opening weekend; meet starts Friday

(Photo from Keeneland)   Keeneland begins its 2015 Spring Meet on Friday with two days of racing headlined by the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes, which moves up a week as part of a re-ordered stakes calendar. The card for Saturday, April 4, features five graded stakes races worth $2.275 million, including the Blue Grass and $500,000 Ashland.   The Blue Grass is a 1 1/8-mile prep race for top...

77th Ashland Stakes ends in dead heat with Rosalind, Room Service sharing the purse

Saturday’s 77th running of the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland was ruled a dead heat. (Photo from Keeneland.)   Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind and Gary and Mary West’s homebred Room Service could not be separated after a stretch duel to win in the 77th running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a sun-splashed crowd of 27,688 on Saturday afternoon at...