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Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Track Notes: Saturday


Trainer Ian Wilkes said McCraken will work Sunday morning after the renovation break. McCraken, who has had two works at the track since arriving in mid-March from South Florida, will have regular rider Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard for the work.

“It looks like the rain is going to start early Monday, so we will go ahead and work tomorrow,” said Wilkes.

Also scheduled to work Sunday morning after the break is It’s Your Nickel for trainer Ken McPeek. It’s Your Nickel enters the Toyota Blue Grass off a victory in the John Battaglia Memorial on March 4 at Turfway Park.

Alan Shell, assistant to McPeek, said Jack Gilligan would be aboard for a five-furlong work. James Graham will have the mount in the Blue Grass.

Today after the break, McCraken galloped with regular exercise rider Yoni Orantes aboard, and It’s Your Nickel galloped under Pablo Portes. Both were on the main track.

Wild Shot, trained by Rusty Arnold, galloped on the main track before the break with exercise rider Jozafat Calvo up. He is scheduled to work Monday or Tuesday.

Irap galloped on the all-weather training track under Antonio Romero for trainer Doug O’Neill.

J Boys Echo worked this morning in south Florida and will be flown to Kentucky Sunday and be housed in Dale Romans' barn at Churchill Downs.

Blue Grass probables: Irap, It’s Your Nickel, J Boys Echo, McCraken, Practical Joke, Tapwrit, Wild Shot.

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