(Essential Quality remains unbeaten entering Saturday’s G2 Blue Grass Stakes / Coady Photography)
This Saturday is “The Saturday” on the 2021 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.”
The pretenders will be separated from the contenders.
The cream shall rise and so too will the stakes for the prime time runners.
You have the Wood Memorial in New York. Can Chad Brown and his talented 3YO colt Risk Taking take the next steps to Louisville in style?
You have the Santa Anita Derby, and even with the loss of Life Is Good, this event is always a major prep for the “First Saturday in May.” Concert Tour and Medina Spirit will throw down to figure out which one is Team Baffert’s newest and latest Triple Crown threat.
And, you will have the G2 Blue Grass Stakes at the historic and beautiful Keeneland Race Course in Lexington. While the Blue Grass has not produced Derby winners like it used to, this may be one of the best and most talented fields in recent memory. Essential Quality — the undefeated “Champ” — will put a lot on the line against the likes of Highly Motivated, Keepmeinmind and a ton of talent.
It’s time to punch the ticket.
It’s time to punch out.
Let the games begin.
Here’s our looks going into one of the most exciting weeks of the year: