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Blue Grass Stakes: The Day After


The morning after the 91st running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, connections of winner Carpe Diem and many of his rivals reported the horses came out of the race in good order.

Carpe Diem exited his three-length victory “great,” according to trainer Todd Pletcher. The colt will remain at Keeneland “for now,” the conditioner texted Sunday morning.

Carpe Diem has 164 points toward the Kentucky Derby to put him safely in the starting gate for the race. He is third behind Louisiana Derby winner International Star and Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund.

Sarah Campion, assistant to trainer Mark Casse, said Danzig Moon came out of the race well and most likely will ship to Churchill on Monday to join the Casse string.

Danzig Moon has 45 points toward the Kentucky Derby and stands 12th on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.

Early Sunday, Ocho Ocho Ocho left Keeneland for California. Ocho Ocho Ocho is 19th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.

“He got pretty tired yesterday, but then he had a right to since he did not get much out of his first race of the year,” trainer Jim Cassidy said, referring to the colt’s troubled trip in the San Felipe. Cassidy said the Kentucky Derby remains a possibility, but he wants to see how the colt responds from the race back at Santa Anita.

“I’d like to see him bounce back like Evening Jewel did back in 2010,” Cassidy said before leaving Lexington. “She was exhausted after she won the Ashland, and I thought there was no way she would come back in four weeks in the Kentucky Oaks. But after three days, she was climbing over the webbing, so we came back for the Oaks.”

In the Oaks, Evening Jewel was beaten a nose by Blind Luck.

Picking up 10 more Derby points Saturday was Frammento, who rallied to finish fourth and has 20 total points. He's 28th on the leaderboard

“He would have easily been second or third if he had gotten to the outside in the stretch where he would have exploded,” trainer Nick Zito said. "He is a true mile and a quarter horse. We’ll run if we can get in. We’ll see what happens. He loves it here, and we will stay here until we know. It doesn’t matter when we go over there because he ran on it and trained on it last fall.”

Classy Class was fine the morning after finishing fifth and eventually will return to New York with future races probably at a one-turn mile or seven furlongs, said Austin Luttrell, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

Luttrell said Frosted, the fourth-leading point earner on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, likely will come to Keeneland to continue preparations for the Derby.

Trainer Marya Montoya said Unrivaled was fine the morning after running seventh in his stakes debut and her Keeneland debut. Montoya said Unrivaled is to leave Keeneland Monday morning and return to her base at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. She said the colt’s future plans are to be determined.

“He ate all his dinner, came out of the race good,” she said. “He’s a little tired.”

Edited Keeneland release


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