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Thursday Toyota Blue Grass Barn Notes


There was rain and wind on a cold Thursday morning at Keeneland.


Irap galloped 1 1/2 mile on the all-weather training track under Antonio Romero at 8:45 a.m. for trainer Doug O’Neill.

It's Your Nickel

On Thursday morning, It’s Your Nickel galloped 11/4 mile with exercise rider Pablo Portes aboard for Ken McPeek.


McCraken, galloped 11/2 mile on the main track at 8 a.m. with Yoni Orantes aboard for trainer Ian Wilkes.

Practical Joke

Not long after that, Practical Joke, with Fernando Rivera aboard, visited the paddock and galloped about 1 3/8 mile for trainer Chad Brown.


Yesterday, Tampa Bay Derby winner Tapwrit schooled in the paddock to the satisfaction of assistant trainer Ginny DePasquale, who said Todd Pletcher is scheduled to be at Keeneland Saturday.

On Thursday, Tapwrit galloped 11/4 mile under Romain Techer before a light drizzle began at 6:30 a.m.

“I want to get him out before it got too bad,” said DePasquale.

Wild Shot

Wild Shot was one of the first horses on the main track, galloping over the sealed surface at 5:30 a.m. with Jozefat Calvo aboard.

“It wouldn’t bother me to see it like this Saturday,” trainer Rusty Arnold said of the damp conditions. “He loves the mud.”

Edited Keeneland release


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