LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2013) – A full field of 14 horses plus one also-eligible passed the entry box Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 89th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass serves as a major steppingstone for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). The race offers 170 points toward qualification to this year’s race with 100 points going to the winner, a total that would ensure a spot in the Churchill Downs starting gate.
A total of 19 horses that ran in the Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland went on to win the Kentucky Derby, with the most recent being Street Sense in 2007.
The Toyota Blue Grass is scheduled to go off at 5:40 p.m. (ET) as the 10th race on Saturday’s 12-race program. First post time is 1:05 p.m. for the card that features four other graded stakes. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 50s on Saturday.
Holding a strong hand in this year’s renewal that attracted a 14-horse field for the first time since 1974 is trainer Mark Casse, who will send out Uncaptured, the 7-2 morning-line favorite, and Dynamic Sky for owner John Oxley.
A three-time stakes winner on Polytrack last summer at Woodbine and a two-time graded stakes winner at Churchill Downs to close 2012, Uncaptured enters the Toyota Blue Grass off a second-place finish in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) on March 23.
Miguel Mena, who has ridden Uncaptured in his past three starts, has the mount Saturday and will break from post position seven.
Dynamic Sky, who will be ridden by Joel Rosario and break from post position one, finished second here last fall in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1). In three starts this year, all at Tampa Bay Downs, Dynamic Sky won the Pasco Stakes, finished second in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) and was fourth in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). Dynamic Sky is 10-1 on the morning line.
Rosario will be seeking his second Toyota Blue Grass Stakes victory. He rode Brilliant Speed to a narrow victory in the 2011 race.
Co-second choices on the morning line at 4-1 are Java’s War, trained by Ken McPeek, and Rydilluc, trained by Gary Contessa.