Up to 14 Can Start
By Dick Downey
Arawak, third in the Jeff Ruby Steaks, will increase the field in the 94th Toytoa Blue Grass Stakes.
“It looks like we are going to enter both,” Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, said Monday. Blended Citizen, another O'Neill charge and winner of the Ruby, was named for the race earlier. Both horses have put in a work over the track, Blended Citizen being clocked in 1:01 and Arawak in 1:01.20 on Saturday.
Both colts returned to the track Monday morning, jogging over surface rated as good with exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard each.
A full gate of 14 is expected for the Toyota Blue Grass. Other probables include, in alphabetical order, California Night, Determinant, Flameaway, Free Drop Billy, Good Magic, Gotta Go, Heartfullofstars, Machismo, Quip, Sporting Chance, Tiz Mischief and Zing Zang. Kanthaka is considered possible.
On Monday morning at Oaklawn Park, Sporting Chance worked a half-mile in :48.40 over a fast track for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, and Zing Zang covered a half-mile in :51.60 for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Gotta Go is expected to work Tuesday morning at Keeneland for trainer Ian Wilkes with regular rider Chris Landeros slated to handle the work.
Machismo arrived at Keeneland Sunday and is scheduled to go to the track Tuesday morning. Trainer Anthony Quartarolo is scheduled to be at the track by then.
Heartfullofstars worked 5 furlongs in 1:01 Sunday morning at Santa Anita for trainer Phil D’Amato. The colt is scheduled to ship to Keeneland on Wednesday.
Scheduled to arrive today at Keeneland from winter bases in Florida are Good Magic for trainer Chad Brown and Flameaway and Determinant, trained by Mark Casse.
Trainer Rodolphe Brisset reported that Quip came out well from his five-furlong breeze in 1:00.40 at the track on Sunday and is scheduled to return to the track Tuesday.
All Toyota Blue Grass entrants have to be on the grounds at Keeneland by noon ET Thursday.
The post position draw for the Toyota Blue Grass and the Central Bank Ashland will be held Tuesday, beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m. It will be streamed live on Facebook @keeneland.