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Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Notes: Thursday, April 5, 2018


Arawak, Blended Citizen: Both are trained by Doug O’Neill, and each galloped 1 1/2 mile after the break with exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard.

California Night: He visited the starting gate and galloped under Katie Clawson before the break. Trained by Mike Maker, California Night arrived at Keeneland after training hours Wednesday from the Trackside Training Center in Louisville.

Flameaway: He galloped for trainer Mark Casse, with rider Carlos Nieto aboard. He is expected to jog or gallop on Friday.

Good Magic: After visiting the Paddock, 2-1 morning-line favorite Good Magic galloped about 1 3/8 mile under exercise rider Walter Malasquez. Chad Brown trains Good Magic.

Gotta Go: He walked the shedrow at trainer Ian Wilkes’ barn.

Kanthaka: The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee arrived at Keeneland Wednesday and made his first appearance on the track Thursday morning before the renovation break.

“He visited the paddock and the gate, so we got that out of the way,” Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said of the Jimmy Creed colt’s activity before galloping 1 1/2 mile under Cecily Evans.

The Blue Grass isn't Hollendorfer's only Kentucky Derby points race on Saturday.

“We already had Instilled Regard for the Santa Anita Derby,” Ward said. “We had looked at Aqueduct, but we got a good rider (Julien Leparoux) here, and that was a factor for us. When Julien rode in California, he won some stakes for us.”

Leparoux, a two-time Toyota Blue Grass winner, was aboard Irap last year.

Kanthaka has won two of four starts. He earned his first win in his second start on Dec. 26 and followed with a victory in the 7-furlong San Vicente.

“He is used to big fields,” Ward said. “There were 12 starters when he broke his maiden, and he had lots of trouble in that race.”

In his lone start around two turns, Kanthaka finished third in 1 1/16-mile San Felipe in his most recent start March 10.

“You look at the head-on shot and he falls on his head coming out of the gate,” Ward said. “He lost his position and it is hard to gain ground at Santa Anita when that happens. Plus, those were two pretty good horses (Bolt d’Oro and McKinzie) that finished in front of him.”

Kanthaka will try to give Southern California-based runners a second consecutive Toyota Blue Grass victory. Last year, the maiden Irap was the lone West Coast-based entrant in the $1 million race, and he won.

Machismo: He  galloped 1 1/2 mile under  Jake Radosevich for trainer Anthony Quartarolo.

After Machismo drew post 13, Quartarolo expressed concern about the wide post. The More Than Ready colt might not run in the race because of it.

“We’ll see how it plays out,” Quartarolo said, “see if there are any scratches, see how the weather’s gonna be, the track condition. We’ll make a decision at that time. If worse comes to worse, we’ll go to the Arkansas Derby.”

Meanwhile, Quartarolo said he is pleased with how Machismo is training at Keeneland.

“He loves it. He gets over it great,” Quartarolo said. “I just wish things were a little different because I’d love to run here. Love it. Never had been to Keeneland. I don’t want to leave. Can someone buy me a home here?”

Marconi: He arrived at Keeneland at 4 a.m. this morning following a van ride from Palm Beach Downs training center in South Florida. Trained by three-time Toyota Blue Grass winner Todd Pletcher, Marconi is scheduled to make his first on-track appearance Friday morning after the break.

Quip: The Tampa Bay Derby winner had his usual gallop of about 1 1/2 mile on the main track with trainer Rodolphe Brisset in the saddle. Brisset rode the Distorted Humor colt through the paddock prior to his exercise that included a visit to the starting gate. Brisset’s wife, Brooke, aboard the brown-and-white companion mount Jonas, accompanied them through most of the routine.

Sporting Chance: He walked the shedrow at trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ barn. Sporting Chance arrived at Keeneland from Oaklawn Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Zing Zang: The son of Tapit made his first appearance of the spring at Keeneland, galloping before the renovation break. The Steve Asmussen trainee arrived from Oaklawn Park on Tuesday night.

Edited and with additional content by Dick Downey

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