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Blue Grass Stakes Post Draw Reactions


From Keeneland

Harvey Diamond, co-owner of Somelikeithotbrown, post 1, 10-1 in the morning line; Tyler Gaffalione to ride: “I think it is good that we drew inside. He has natural speed. We are going to give him a (chance) on dirt and see how he runs. If he runs good, the Kentucky Derby is a definite consideration.”

George Weaver, trainer of 9-5 morning-line favorite Vekoma, post 2; Javier Castellano to ride: “I’d rather be down on the inside than outside. He’s got enough tactical speed so the 2 post should work well for us. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do. The horse is training real well. I’m here in my home state. I’d love to get it done for everybody.”

Kenny McPeek, trainer of Signalman, post 3, 5-1 on the morning line; Brian Hernandez Jr. to ride: “He is a horse that can lay midpack or right off speed and I’m pretty sure we’ll ask him to do that. How it all unfolds is hard to say, but from the 3 hole,  it is relatively easy and we’ll let him run into the first turn.”

David Carroll, assistant to Mark Casse, trainer of Dream Maker, post 6, 12-1 on the morning line; Florent Geroux to ride: “I thought they were great draws for both horses (Dream Maker and Sir Winston). Dream Maker is right there in 6. We’re just hoping to see him break cleanly and put himself in the race. If you draw 1 or 2 and break half a step slow, you’re going to be covered up and shuffled back. I think 6 gives him a good chance to get out and get position going into that first turn.”

Dale Romans, trainer of Admire, post 7; 15-1 on the morning line; Robby Albarado to ride: “The middle of the pack is perfect for this horse. He is a big, strong colt who is just getting into the rhythm.”

Michael Trombetta, trainer of Win Win Win, post 8; 7-2 second choice on the morning line; Irad Ortiz Jr. to ride; “I guess that (8 post) is OK. A lot of people don’t want to be way outside and others don’t want to be stuck inside.”

Carroll on Sir Winston, post 9; 15-1 on the morning line; Julien Leparoux to ride: “Sir Winston is a horse who comes from off the pace, so he’ll break and be able to drop on over and get to the outside and make his run."

Tyler Servis, assistant to his father, John Servis, trainer of Lucky Lee, post 10; 20-1 on the morning line; Chris Landeros to ride: “I think the outside will help us a little. He won’t be in (the starting gate) long. He broke his maiden going two turns and I think the distance will help him. The break he had in that last race (seventh in the Withers) really compromised his result. If he breaks well, and he’s forwardly placed as well, I think you’ll see a huge improvement.”

Nick Bush, exercise rider of So Alive at Keeneland for trainer Todd Pletcher, post 11; 15-1 on the morning line; Luis Saez to ride: “I think that (post 11) is good for him. We don’t have to worry about being down on the inside. He’s probably going to be in the back starting off. Hopefully he’ll have a clear run and come home.”

Dale Romans, trainer of Moonster, post 13; 30-1 on the morning line; John McKee to ride: “(Jockey John McKee) told me that in the Jeff Ruby Steaks he did his best running when he got him outside and in the clear, so maybe it’s a good spot for him. He is a solid horse who keeps showing up. He has earned his right to run in the Blue Grass. I would like nothing more than to run a horse in the Kentucky Derby for Calumet Farm.”


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