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Large Field Assembled for Toyota Blue Grass
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes 100-40-20-10
Saturday at Keeneland
1 Shivaree, J Velazquez, R Nicks. 8-1
2 Finnick the Fierce, J Ortiz, R Hernandez, 12-1
3 Art Collector, B Hernandez Jr, T Drury Jr, 5-1
4 Mr. Big News, M Murrill, B Calhoun, 10-1
5 Man in the Can, T Gaffalione, R Moquett, 10-1
6 Hard Lighting, R Bejarano, A Delgado, 50-1
7 Swiss Skydiver, M Smith, K McPeek, 3-1
8 Basin, R Santana Jr, S Asmussen, 8-1
9 Attachment Rate, L Saez, D Romans, 20-1
10 Rushie, J Castellano, M McCarthy, 5-1
11 Hunt the Front, C Lanerie, N Zito, 30-1
12 Enforceable, J Rosario, M Casse, 10-1
13 Tiesto, F Prat, B Mott, 15-1
Friday: There will be a limit of 500 general admission tickets sold for the $1 million Haskell Stakes day at Monmouth Park so that horsemen, season box holders and sponsors can be accommodated. On regular race day, a few thousand may be admitted per government edict. The Haskell is ordinarily a huge draw. Source: DRF.
Friday: Luis Saez was benched today at Keeneland over a covid-19 positive. Martin Garcia also tested positive.
Friday: Trainers opting out of Saratoga stalls, per DRF report. Just too much of a hassle. Story here.
Thursday: Peter Pan known probables: Candy Tycoon (T Pletcher), Caracaro (G Delgado), Celtic Striker (R Handal), Country Grammer (C Brown), Mo Hawk (R Brisset), Modernist (B Mott), Mystic Guide (M Stidham). Possible: Hockey Puck (E McClellan), Money Moves (Pletcher), Skyscanner (J O'Dwyer)
Shared Sense Best In Indiana Derby
Kentucky Derby Week Stakes Schedule Released -- No word on spectators other than previous announcement about Derby day.
Racing This Weekend: All times ET. On Fox and MSG+: Thursday 1:00-6:00 (FS2, MSG+); Friday 1:00-6:30 (FS2, MSG+); Saturday 1:00-6:30 (FS2, MSG+), Sunday 12:30-2:00 (FS1), 2:00-5:00 (FS2), 12:30-5:00 (MSG+). On NBCSN: Sunday 5:00-7:00 (NBCSN)
Wednesday: Swiss Skydiver would be the second filly to run in the Blue Grass since the race was first staged at Keeneland in 1937. This is the 96th running of the Blue Grass. The first filly was Hyman Friedberg’s homebred Harriet Sue, who in 1944 won the Ashland but ran fifth to Skytracer in the Blue Grass. Oddly enough, Keeneland’s Spring Meet was held at Churchill Downs that year.
Wednesday: Danon Pharaoh, sent off at 39-1 odds, won the Japan Dirt Derby on a muddy track with right-hand turns at Oi Racecourse in Tokyo. Favored Cafe Pharoah finished seventh of 13, beaten 12 3/4 lengths. Danon Pharaoh, who's nominated to the Triple Crown, completed the 2,000 meters (about 1 1/4 mile) in 2:05.90 under Ryusei Sakai after an exciting stretch duel. More info about Danon Pharaoh at Worth Watching
Japan Dirt Derby Complete order of finish.
Monday Evening: Charlatan, who's off the Derby Trail with a minor injury, and Gamine, a filly who may or may not be on the Derby Trail, reportedly both were confirmed positive for lidocaine on Arkansas Derby day by a second testing lab that examined a split sample. Trainer Bob Baffert's attorney said the amount of Lidocaine found in Gamine was 185 trillionths of a gram and that Charlatan had 46 trillionths of a gram. Neither amount could affect the performance of a race horse, he said. Baffert said a man working with the horses was wearing a brand name patch for back pain that he handled, and that the patch contains lidocaine. It is thought the substance was transmitted when putting a tongue tie on the horses. More from a story at Thoroughbred Daily News is here.
Uncle Chuck Romps In Los Alamitos Derby
Saturday: Miguel Mena, who emigrated to the U.S. from Peru and started riding here when he was 17, won his 2,000th race in this country yesterday at Ellis Park. He said, “We all grow up different. I appreciate the ups and downs that I’ve been through. It has taught me a lot; it has made me mature."
Thursday Night: Per Dave Basler of the Ohio HBPA, a groom who lives in a dorm at Belterra park has tested positive for Covid-19 and is hospitalized. The local health dept will require three screenings a day from residents of that dorm til July 13. Dorm residents must comply or vacate immediately.
Thursday: Creed wins in New York, Cezanne wins in California. See Worth Watching for details.
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The Early 2020 Triple Crown Nominations
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