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Friday Blue Grass Stakes Notes


Footbridge will attempt to overcome some serious history in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. No horse has won this race after breaking his maiden in his previous start

Footbridge got in the win column in his fourth start at Santa Anitaafter being defeated by Govenor Charlie in a stretch duel the race before. He'll be ridden for the first time by Corey Lanerie and is the only entrant coming into the race off a maiden win. The Street Cry (IRE) colt and did not make his debut until Dec. 26, the latest starting point for any Blue Grass starter.

“I did not get him until September,” trainer Eoin Harty said. “He was very straightforward and did things very easily. It was not like the light bulb just went on.”

In his debut, going 6 1/2 furlongs, Footbridge finished third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths. Following two consecutive runner-up finishes going a mile, Footbridge reached the winner’s circle with a victory by three-quarters of a length in a mile race at Santa Anita on March 17.

“It’s the nature of the beast,” Harty said. “It is not like he is coming in here off a 47 Beyer and the company line of who he has been running against is very strong.”

Track Notes

On Friday morning, Footbridge visited the starting gate and then galloped 1 1/2 mile under exercise rider Tim Neal. “The gate this morning is part of my regular routine,” Harty said, noting that Footbridge has not had any gate issues.

“He has been training on a synthetic surface, and he is improving every race.”

Uncaptured and Dynamic Sky, both trained by Mark Casse, galloped 1 1/2 mile after the renovation break. Wayne Brown was on Uncaptured, the race’s morning-line favorite, and Juan Bernardini was on Dynamic Sky. …

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West Hills Giant galloped a little less than 1 1/2 mile with exercise rider Leo Garcia up before the break to the delight of trainer John Terranova. “He has done well here,” Terranova said of West Hills Giant, who arrived here Tuesday morning. “He settled in nicely and has gotten over the track well.”

Rydilluc made his usual morning stroll through the paddock and then stood trackside for about 15 minutes before jogging once around the main track with exercise rider Ricardo Orantes up. “I blew him out yesterday (:37.40 for three furlongs) and this is all we are doing today,” trainer Gary Contessa said.

Rydilluc was scheduled for another paddock schooling session before Friday's second race.

“He has been great in the paddock all week; no problems at all,” said Contessa, who noted Rydilluc can sometimes be a handful in the paddock. “Of course, you never know what is going to happen on race day, but so far he has been great here.”

Trained by Ken McPeek, Java’s War galloped 1 1/2 mile with exercise rider Danny Ramsey aboard.

For Baldo Hernandez and Sean Ryan, assistants to trainer Chad Brown, Balance the Books schooled in the paddock and galloped once around the main track, 1 1/8 mile, under exercise rider Kriss Bon.

My Name Is Michael schooled in the paddock and galloped 1 1/8 mile with exercise rider Marnie Pacheco aboard for trainer Bill Mott. “We are very happy,” assistant trainer Rodolphe Brisset said. “He’s moving very well.” …

Tesseron jogged a half-mile and galloped a half-mile under Ruth Schmidt, assistant to trainer Josie Carroll.

Edited Keeneland notes

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