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Blue Grass Field May Fill Up


By Dick Downey

The Toyota Blue Grass may attract a full field of 14 on April 12.

According to Racing Secretary Ben Huffman and Stakes Coordinator Scott Jones, 13 horses are considered as probable and another three are possible. If more than 14 are entered April 9, preference will be given to graded stakes winners and then highest earnings. Only three runnings of the Blue Grass have attracted 14-horse fields: 1954, 1974 and last year.

Heading the list of probables is Bobby’s Kitten. Trained by Chad Brown, Bobby’s Kitten won the Pilgrim last fall and finished third as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Bobby’s Kitten won his 2014 debut, an allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs on March 9.

Also look for Gala Award and Mr Speaker, the Palm Beach top two finishers; and the second-through-fifth finishers from the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes: Harry’s Holiday, Coastline, Asserting Bear and Big Bazinga.

Shipping from California is Dance With Fate, runner-up in the El Camino Real Derby last time out – he was a late nominee to the Triple Crown. Trained by Peter Eurton, Dance With Fate finished second in the FrontRunner and Del Mar Futurity last year.

Other probable are Divine Oath, Extrasexyhippzster, Pablo Del Monte, Vinceremos and Woodfield Springs.

Possible entrants include Cleburne, Danza and Ring Weekend.

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