(Keeneland / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Post positions for Saturday’s 97th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and 84th running 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 Joel Rosario Todd Pletcher 8-1
3 Highly Motivated Javier Castellano Chad Brown 7-2
4 Essential Quality Luis Saez Brad Cox 3-5
5 Rombauer Florent Geroux Michael McCarthy 15-1
6 Leblon Albin Jiminez Paulo Lobo 30-1
7 Hush of a Storm Santiago Gonzalez William Morey 15-1
8 Sittin On Go Corey Lanerie Dale Romans 30-1
9 Keepmeinmind David Cohen Robertino Diodoro 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.

$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.com, Keeneland Race Day App, Keeneland Select, Keeneland’s Facebook page and Keeneland’s YouTube page.