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Fields Set for Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland

March 30, 2021

Undefeated champion Essential Quality is favored in Toyota Blue Grass
Post positions for Saturday’s 97th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and 84thrunning of the Central Bank Ashland (G1) were drawn today at Keeneland. (Click here to watch the post position draw for both races.) They will be run Saturday, the second day of Keeneland’s 15-day Spring Meet. The season runs April 2-23.

 

Additional information, including quotes from Toyota Blue Grass trainers, will be coming.

$800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2), 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles
Weight: 123 lbs. * Race 11 * Post time: 6:35 p.m. ET

 

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Morning-Line Odds

1

Hidden Stash

Vicki Oliver

Rafael Bejarano

20-1

2

Untreated

Todd Pletcher

Joel Rosario

8-1

3

Highly Motivated

Chad Brown

Javier Castellano

7-2

4

Essential Quality

Brad Cox

Luis Saez

3-5

5

Rombauer

Michael McCarthy

Florent Geroux

15-1

6

Leblon

Paulo Lobo

Albin Jimenez

30-1

7

Hush of a Storm

William Morey

Santiago Gonzalez

15-1

8

Sittin On Go

Dale Romans

Corey Lanerie

30-1

9

Keepmeinmind

Robertino Diodoro

David Cohen

8-1

 

 

The Toyota Blue Grass will be the final race of Keeneland’s April 3 card with a 6:35 p.m. ET post. NBC Sports Network will televise the race along with the Wood Memorial (G2) Presented by Resorts World Casino from Aqueduct and Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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$400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles 
Weight: 121 lbs. * Race 9 * Post time: 5:30 p.m.

 

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Morning-Line Odds

1

Curlin’s Catch

Mark Casse

Chris Landeros

8-1

2

Pass the Champagne

George Weaver

Javier Castellano

4-1

3

Simply Ravishing

Kenny McPeek

Luis Saez

5-2

4

Moon Swag

Brendan Walsh

Adam Beschizza

10-1

5

Malathaat

Todd Pletcher

Joel Rosario

9-5

6

Will’s Secret

Dallas Stewart

Jon Court

7-2

 

 

Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland are classic preps: For 3-year-olds, the Toyota Blue Grass and the Central Bank Ashland are respective major preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) on May 1 and Kentucky Oaks (G1) on April 30. The Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland both carry 170 qualifying points for the Derby and Oaks on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the first four finishers.

Saturday’s card: Eleven races begin at 1:05 p.m.

Saturday graded stakes lineup: Six graded stakes are worth a total of $2.1 million.

Race 6 (3:51 p.m.)        $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association

Race 7 (4:24 p.m.)        $200,000 Commonwealth (G3)

Race 8 (4:57 p.m.)        $200,000 Shakertown (G2)

Race 9 (5:30 p.m.)        $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1)

Race 10 (6:02 p.m.)      $300,000 Madison (G1)

Race 11 (6:35 p.m.)      $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2)

Wagering: $500,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Five and $500,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Four.

How to watch the Spring Meet: TVG’s live, on-site coverage begins at 1 p.m. Thanks to the Keeneland Livestream Powered by Kentucky Utilities, fans can watch all races at no charge on Keeneland.comKeeneland Race Day AppKeeneland Select, Keeneland’s Facebook page and Keeneland’s YouTube page.