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From the Keeneland Media Team:

FIELDS SET FOR OPENING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY STAKES

Post positions for Keeneland’s races on Saturday and Sunday were drawn this morning. Here are the fields for the stakes to be run those days:

Saturday, April 6

Race 6, 3:40 p.m. — $300,000 Commonwealth (G3), 4-year-olds and up, 7 furlongs:

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Weight
1 Frat Pack Whit Beckman Gerardo Corrales 118
2 Wico (IRE) Wesley Ward Irad Ortiz Jr. 118
3 Manny Wah Will Walden Flavien Pratt 118
4 Raise Cain Ben Colebrook Luis Saez 118
5 Richiesonaroll Jose Rodriguez Emmanual Giles 118
6 Bo Cruz Al Stall Jr. Jose Ortiz 118
7 Here Mi Song William Stinson Jr. Alex Achard 118
8 Call Me Fast Mike Puhich Julien Leparoux 118
9 Minnesota Ready Tom Amoss Tyler Gaffalione 118

 

Race 7, 4:14 p.m. — $400,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association, 3-year-old fillies, 1 mile (turf):

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Weight
1 Poolside With Slim (IRE) Rusty Arnold Brian Hernandez Jr. 118 lbs.
2 Living Magic Phil Schoenthal Luis Saez 118
3 Dancing N Dixie Mark Casse Jose Ortiz 118
4 Grecian Goddess Chad Brown Flavien Prat 118
5 Kairyu (IRE) Cherie DeVaux Irad Ortiz Jr. 118
6 Austere Brendan Walsh Tyler Gaffalione 118
7 Dozen Diamonds Vicki Oliver Florent Geroux 118
8 Mo Fox Givin Leonard Powell Junior Alvarado 118
9 Buchu Phil Bauer Martin Garcia 120
10 Pounce Mark Casse Javier Castellano 118
11 Simply in Front Eddie Kenneally Paco Lopez 118
12 Crown Imperial John Ortiz Julien Leparoux 110

Race 8, 4:48 p.m. — $600,000 Resolute Racing Madison (G1), 4-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 7 furlongs:

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Weight
1 Sterling Silver Tom Albertrani Javier Castellano 123
2 Red Carpet Ready Rusty Arnold Luis Saez 123
3 Hot and Sultry Norm Casse Ricardo Santana Jr. 123
4 Icicles John Ennis Edgar Morales 123
5 Maryquitecontrary Eddie Plesa Jr. Luca Panici 123
6 Alva Starr Brett Brinkman Tyler Gaffalione 123
7 Big Pond Tim Yakteen Flavien Prat 123
8 Vahva Cherie DeVaux Irad Ortiz Jr. 123

Race 9, 5:20 p.m. — $350,000 Shakertown (G2), 3-year-olds and up, 5½ furlongs (turf):

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Weight
1 Eamonn Joe Orseno Paco Lopez 122
2 Sosua Summer Bill Mott Luis Saez 122
3 Mischief Magic (IRE) Charles Appleby Tyler Gaffalione 122
4 Beer Can Man Phil D’Amato Flavien Prat 122
5 Bad Beat Brian Brittany Vanden Berg Chris Emigh 122
6 Arzak Mike Trombetta Irad Ortiz Jr. 124
7 Let My People Go Vicki Oliver Martin Garcia 122
8 Front Run the Fed Caio Caramori Rey Gutierrez 122
9 Panther Island Laura Cazares Leonel Reyes 122
10 Our Shot John Terranova II Javier Castellano 122
11 Coppola Dale Romans Edgard Zayas 122
12 Yes I Am Free Laura Cazares Junior Alvarado 122
13 (AE) Mark of the Z Jose Rodriguez Emmanual Giles 122

Race 10, 5:52 p.m. – 100th Running of the $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass (G1), 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles:

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Morning Line Odds
1 Top Conor Chad Brown Jose Ortiz 15-1
2 Be You Todd Pletcher Irad Ortiz Jr. 8-1
3 Seize the Grey D. Wayne Lukas Nik Juarez 20-1
4 Dornoch Danny Gargan Luis Saez 3-1
5 Good Money Chad Brown Javier Castellano 20-1
6 Just a Touch Brad Cox Florent Geroux 7-2
7 Lat Long Kenny McPeek Brian Hernandez Jr. 30-1
8 Epic Ride John Ennis Adam Beschizza 20-1
9 Mugatu Jeff Engler Joe Talamo 30-1
10 Sierra Leone Chad Brown Tyler Gaffalione 2-1
11 Encino Brad Cox Flavien Prat 12-1

All starters carry 123 pounds.

SUNDAY STAKES

Race 7, 4:12 p.m. — $250,000 Palisades (L), 3-year-olds, 5½ furlongs (turf):

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Weight
1 Mattingly Joe Orseno Paco Lopez 120
2 Coin Miner Keith Desormeaux James Graham 118
3 Mansa Musa (IRE) Bill Mott Junior Alvardo 118
4 No Nay Mets (IRE) George Weaver Irad Ortiz Jr. 123
5 Silent Heart Brian Lynch John Velazquez 118
6 Fandom (GB) Wesley Ward Jose Ortiz 118
7 Ceepeegee Ron Moquett Frankie Dettori 118
8 My Boy Prince Mark Cassee Joel Rosario 123
9 Committee of One Steve Asmussen Brian Hernandez Jr. 123
10 Shards Kelsey Danner Adam Beschizza 118
11 Aspenite Steve Asmussen Tyler Gaffalione 123
12 Refuel Todd Pletcher Luis Saez 118
13 (AE) Sketch (IRE) Conor Murphy Flavien Prat 118

 

14 (AE) Works for Me Joseph Lee Vincent Cheminaud 118

Race 8, 4:44 p.m. — $400,000 MiddleGround Capital Beaumont (G2), 3-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs and 184 feet:

Post Horse Trainer Jockey Weight
1 Denim and Pearls Brad Cox Flavien Prat 118
2 Harbor Springs Greg Foley Irad Ortiz Jr. 118
3 Tipsy Tammy Phil Bauer John Velazquez 118
4 Chi Chi Sam Wilensky Junior Alvarado 118
5 Vicountess Todd Beattie Jose Ortiz 118
6 Youalmosthadme Brad Cox Tyler Gaffalione 118

OPENING WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

Throughout the Spring Meet, special events and activities will continue Keeneland’s historic mission to support the Central Kentucky community and the Thoroughbred industry. They include:

Year-round

Official Keeneland Tours. Click here for availability and to purchase.

Through Aug. 16

Keeneland Library is recognizing this year’s historic running of the Toyota Blue Grass at its free exhibit, A Rite of Spring: The 100th Running of the Blue Grass Stakes. The exhibit features photographs that capture race highlights curated from Keeneland Library collections and public submissions from professional and amateur photographers along with memorabilia from noted jockeys Bill Shoemaker, Mike Manganello and Chris Antley and celebrated runners Whirlaway, Riva Ridge, Spectacular Bid and Strike the Gold.

Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Library is located on the Keeneland campus. Enter Keeneland at Gate 1 on Keeneland Blvd. and take the first right on Entertainment Ct. The Library is to the left of the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center.

 

Thursday, April 4

Central Bank Thursday Night Live. Keeneland will kick off the Spring Meet with a celebration of the 100th Toyota Blue Grass, including a promotion of Keeneland Library’s exhibit about the race and handicapping tips from BETologists. The event, which includes beverages, food, art and live music, takes place from 5-8 p.m. at Fifth Third Pavilion in Tandy Park in downtown Lexington.

Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7

The Hill. Keeneland’s popular tailgating area will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the Spring Meet, weather permitting. No ticket or reservation is required for The Hill, located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center and accessible via Gate 1 (at Man o’ War Blvd.) or Gate 4 (off Van Meter Road on the east side of Keeneland).

Fans on The Hill can watch the racing action via a jumbo TV and place their bets in a wagering tent while they enjoy live music presented by The Burl, food trucks and handicapping assistance from BETologists. Complimentary shuttles to the track are offered.

For fans who want to elevate their experience, Keeneland again is partnering with RevelXP to offer tailgate packages for groups of any size. RevelXP will organize tailgates by furnishing a designated tent, catering, amenities and more. Visit Keeneland.com/tailgating for full details.

The Hill is open from 8 a.m. to 60 minutes after the last race. Amenities are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Keeneland Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 30 minutes following the final race. Milliners Corner, featuring Christine A. Moore (April 5-7), Wagering Central and Finish Line locations are open race days. On April 5, Draper James will be located just inside the North Grandstand entrance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 6

 

Sunrise Trackside. This free Saturday morning program from 8-10 a.m. is geared toward families and offers a unique view of Thoroughbreds during training hours. Fans can enjoy coffee and donuts at the Starting Gate concession stand while watchinghorses train. Children’s activities on the first floor of the Grandstand will include a visit with Keeneland mascot Buckles, face painting and games. Mini tours will be available at the Welcome Stand near the Paddock.

The John Deere Tractor Break will take place during the renovation period on the main track from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and include a drawing for a kid’s tractor from John Deere/Meade Tractor. The April 6 Sunrise Trackside will feature the appearance of two-time champion Goodnight Olive in the Paddock between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. On April 6 and 13, a meet and greet with a horse from the Life Adventure Center of Versailles, Kentucky, will be offered in the Walking Ring from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Jockey Autograph Signing. Fans will meet active and retired Keeneland riders and Hall of Famers in an event that benefits the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Hats, goggles and autograph books that can be signed will be available for purchase; personal items and commemorative Toyota Blue Grass poster may be signed with a donation to PDJF. The event will take place in the North Terrace from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.