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Keeneland spring meet offers Derby, Oaks preps

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Keeneland's spring meet begins Friday with the weekend featuring the first of several preps for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.

Thirteen fillies are entered in Saturday's $500,000 Central Bank Ashland for 3-year-olds awarding 170 points toward the May 2 Oaks at Churchill Downs. Testa Rossi is the 3-1 favorite in the Grade 1 feature that has served as a springboard to victory at the Oaks; 31 winners have come out of this race.

In all, 16 stakes races worth $3.725 million will be run during the 15-day meet, highlighted by the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass on April 12. The winner of Keeneland's signature Grade I race earns 100 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings, all but guaranteeing a spot in the starting gate on May 3.

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