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Keeneland Spring Meet stakes worth season-record $4.8 million; Maker’s 46 Mile increased to $400,000

Keeneland has announced its 2020 Spring Meet stakes schedule, which features 18 stakes anchored by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) and is worth a season-record $4.8 million in purse money. Purse increases highlight the Spring Meet, to be held April 2-26, with the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) boosted by $100,000 to $400,000, and Baird Doubledogdare (G3) and Giant’s...

Vekoma punches KY Derby ticket with Blue Grass win, Out for a spin pulls off shocker in the Ashland

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Never before had Keeneland seen such a large crowd on the opening Saturday of a meet. Vekoma draws off from the field to an impressive 3 1/2 length win in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Saturday, stamping his ticket to the Kentucky Derby (photos by Mark Hansel). The combination of perfect weather, spots in the starting gate of the Kentucky...

Fields set for Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass, Central Bank Ashland; favorites Vekoma, King’s Jaywalk

Gatsas Stable and R.A. Hill Stable’s Vekoma has been installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 14 entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2). The 1 1/8-mile main track test serves as a major steppingstone for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) to be run May 4 at Churchill Downs. The Toyota Blue Grass offers...

Keeneland enhances 2019 Spring Meet with earlier opening day, two new stakes races

Keeneland has announced expansions to its 2019 Spring Meet, which will open on April 4, a day earlier than in previous years, and present two new stakes, both $100,000 turf sprints, to its schedule for a total of 18 stakes worth a season record $4.6 million in purse money. Topping the 16-day meet, to be held April 4-26, are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1),...

Champion Good Magic is 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

E Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables’ champion Good Magic, purchased for $1 million at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 94th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2). A total of 15 3-year-olds, including one also-eligible, was entered Tuesday for the 1 1/8-mile main track test that serves as a...

Three-year-old fillies Monomoy Girl, Caledonia Road top nominees for Keeneland’s April 7 Ashland Stakes

The 3-year-old fillies who are the respective first- and second-leading point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) – recent Rachel Alexandra (G2) winner Monomoy Girl and champion Caledonia Road –– headline the nominees for the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 7, opening Saturday of Keeneland’s 2018 Spring Meet. The 1 1/16-mile Central Bank Ashland has produced 33 winners...

Keeneland announces 2018 Spring Meet stakes schedule featuring 16 races worth record $4.4 million

Keeneland Spring Meet 2017 Keeneland has announced its 2018 Spring Meet will offer 16 stakes worth a season record $4.4 million in purse money. Headlining the meet, to be held April 6-27, are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), both nationally prominent classic preps, and enhanced status for the $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association. Fifteen...

Call to the Post: Keeneland Spring Meet opens Friday; Toyota Bluegrass set for Saturday

Racing returns to Keeneland on Friday with the start of the 2016 Spring Meet, headlined by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) during an opening weekend that features six graded stakes races worth $2.25 million. The Toyota Blue Grass and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) key a Saturday card that features top contenders for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively. In all, Keeneland’s...

Unbeaten Nyquist, Mohaymen lead nominations to Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass

Two undefeated colts – Reddam Racing’s champion Nyquist and Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen – lead a talented group of 146 three-year-old males nominated to the 92nd running of Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 9, the first Saturday of the 2016 Spring Meet. The Toyota Blue Grass, worth seven figures for the second consecutive year, is one of the richest prep races for the...