(Trainer Brad Cox / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Keeneland Media Team:


Qatar Racing, Resolute Racing and Marc Detampel’s Just a Touch completed his major preparations for an expected start in Saturday’s 100th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) by working 5 furlongs in :59.20 over a track labeled as wet-fast Sunday morning.

Just a Touch came out after the second harrow break of the morning with the track upgraded from muddy (sealed). Working on his own, he recorded fractions of :13, :24.80, :35.80, :47.40 and :59.20, galloping out 6 furlongs in 1:11.80.

“We got a good track,” said Tessa Walden, assistant to trainer Brad Cox. “I thought about waiting until tomorrow, but there was more rain in the forecast.”

Just a Touch has made two starts, both on sealed sloppy tracks. He won his debut, going 6 furlongs at Fair Grounds, by 4¼ lengths and was second in the 1-mile Gotham (G3) on March 2.

Entries for the Toyota Blue Grass will be taken Tuesday.


According to Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Jorie Beschizza, here are the prospective fields for the stakes on opening weekend of the Spring Meet:

Friday, April 5 races. Entries taken Monday, April 1.

$600,000 CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND (G1) – Halina’s Forte (trainer Phil Bauer), Impel (Brad Cox), Jody’s Pride (Jorge Abreu), Just F Y I (Bill Mott).

$400,000 TRANSYLVANIA (G3) PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT – Depiction (Cherie DeVaux), First World War (Brendan Walsh), Musical Act (IRE) (Charlie Appleby). Possible: Tennessee (Cox).

$400,000 LAFAYETTE – Bolt At Midnight (Mick Ruis Sr.), Doncho (Michelle Lovell), Glengarry (Doug Anderson).

Saturday, April 6 races. Entries taken Tuesday, April 2.

100TH RUNNING OF THE $1 MILLION TOYOTA BLUE GRASS (G1) – Dornoch (Danny Gargan), Encino (Cox), Epic Ride (John Ennis), Just aTouch (Cox), Seize the Grey (D. Wayne Lukas), Sierra Leone (Chad Brown).

Keeneland will have full coverage of the draw for post positions, including
an early flash press release with a list of entries followed by a full advance release.
Keeneland social media also will report the field of horses after the draw.

$600,000 RESOLUTE RACING MADISON (G1) – Alva Starr (Brett Brinkman), Big Pond (Tim Yakteen), Olivia Darling (Jorge Delgado), Red CarpetReady (Rusty Arnold), Sterling Silver (Tom Albertrani), Vahva (DeVaux).

$400,000 APPALACHIAN (G2) PRESENTED BY JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION – Austere (Brendan Walsh),Buchu (Bauer), Crown Imperial (John Ortiz), Mo Fox Givin (Leonard Powell).

$350,000 SHAKERTOWN (G2) – Arzak (Michael Trombetta), Beer Can Man (Phil D’Amato), Front Run the Fed (Caio Caramori), Mischief Magic (IRE) (Appleby), Our Shot (John Terranova).

$300,000 COMMONWEALTH (G3) – Bo Cruz (Al Stall Jr.), Here Mi Song (Billy Stinson), Manny Wah (Will Walden), Minnesota Ready (Tom Amoss), Raise Cain (Ben Colebrook).

Sunday, April 7 races. Entries taken Tuesday, April 2.

$400,000 MIDDLEGROUND CAPITAL BEAUMONT (G2) – Chi Chi (Herman Wilensky). Possible: Legadema (Bauer), Tipsy Tammy (Bauer).

$250,000 PALISADES (L) – Works for Me (Joseph Lee). Possible: No Nay Mets (IRE) (George Weaver).