Blue Grass Stakes

  • Location: Keeneland Racecourse, Kentucky
  • Inaugural Race: 1911
  • Current Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 2
  • 2018 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2018 Race Date: Saturday, April 7th

2018 Blue Grass Stakes Entries and Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEYTRAINERWINPLACESHOW
11Good MagicJose L. OrtizChad C. Brown$5.20$3.60$2.80
12FlameawayJose LezcanoMark E. Casse$5.00$3.80
10Free Drop BillyIrad Ortiz, Jr.Dale L. Romans$3.60
2Sporting ChanceLuis SaezD. Wayne Lukas
7Blended CitizenKyle FreyDoug F. O'Neill
4KanthakaJulien R. LeparouxJerry Hollendorfer
9Tiz MischiefCorey J. LanerieDale L. Romans
6MarconiRyan L. MooreTodd A. Pletcher
1 Zing ZangShaun BridgmohanSteven M. Asmussen
3California NightJames GrahamMichael J. Maker
8Gotta GoChris LanderosIan R. Wilkes
13MachismoJacob RadosevichAnthony T. Quartarolo
14DeterminantTyler GaffalioneMark E. Casse
15ArawakFernando De La CruzDoug F. O'Neill

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (11-12) $25.40
  • $2 Trifecta (11-12-10)  $94.00
  • $2 Superfecta (11-12-10-2) $535.20

 


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Blue Grass Stakes History

The Blue Grass Stakes has been an important lead-up to the Kentucky Derby since its first edition in 1911. That year the runner-up, Meridian, went on to win the Run for the Roses. Originally held at the Kentucky Association track in Lexington, it moved to Keeneland in 1937.

The importance of the race is marked by its status as one of the eight leading races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. It’s one of three major races held four weeks prior to the Derby – the others are the Wood Memorial and the Santa Anita Derby – and like those races, the first four finishers get points in the series on a 100-40-20-10 basis. It means the winner definitely gets a place in the Kentucky Derby field, and most likely the runner-up as well.

So far there have been 23 Kentucky Derby winners that have used the Blue Grass Stakes as a prep race; only the Florida Derby (24) has had more success at producing winners of the Run for the Roses. Interestingly, only 11 of the 23 won the Blue Grass, so it’s worth looking behind the winner for potential Derby prospects.

The importance of the Blue Grass as a guide to the Derby isn’t quite what it once was. Since 1996 only one Blue Grass runner, Street Sense in 2007, went on to win at Churchill Downs. However, it’s worth noting that the editions between 2007 and 2014 were all on a synthetic track, much different to the dirt track at Churchill Downs, and the return to dirt at Keeneland may make it a better Derby guide.


Blue Grass Stakes Trivia

How many winners of the Blue Grass have also won the Kentucky Derby?

10

Ten Blue Grass winners have also won the Kentucky Derby: Strike the Gold, Spectacular Bid, Riva Ridge, Dust Commander, Forward Pass, Lucky Debonair, Northern Dancer, Chateaugay, Tomy Lee and Shut Out.

When was the last time a Blue Grass winner won the Kentucky Derby?

1991

No Blue Grass winner has won the Kentucky Derby since 1991, when Strike the Gold won both. Before that, it had not been won by a Blue Grass winner since Spectacular Bid in 1979.

How many Triple Crown winners have won the Blue Grass?

Zero

Though many have come close and won the first two legs, no horse to date has won the Blue Grass before sweeping the Triple Crown.

Which jockey has the most wins in the Blue Grass?

Bill Shoemaker

Bill Shoemaker has won the Blue Grass six times, in 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1969 and 1982.

Previous Winners of the Blue Grass

YearHorseJockeyTrainerOwner
2017IrapJulien R. LeparouxDoug F. O'NeillReddam Racing LLC
2016Brody's CauseLuis SaezDale L. RomansAlbaugh Family Stable
2015Carpe DiemJohn VelazquezTodd PletcherWinStar Farm/Stonestreet Stables
2014Dance With FateCorey S. NakataniPeter EurtonAlesia/Bran Jam Stable/Ciaglia Racing
2013Java's WarJulien LeparouxKenneth G. McPeekCharles E. Fipke
2012DullahanKent DesormeauxDale RomansDonegal Racing
2011Brilliant SpeedJoel RosarioThomas AlbertraniLive Oak Plantation
2010Stately VictorAlan GarciaMichael J. MakerF. Thomas & Jack Conway
2009General QuartersEibar CoaThomas R. McCarthyThomas R. McCarthy
2008MonbaEdgar PradoTodd A. PletcherStarlight Stables et al.
2007DominicanRafael BejaranoDarrin MillerSilverton Hill LLC
2006Sinister MinisterGarrett GomezBob BaffertMercedes Stable et al.
2005BandiniJohn R. VelazquezTodd A. PletcherMichael Tabor
2004The Cliff's EdgeShane SellersNick ZitoRobert V. LaPenta
2003Peace RulesEdgar PradoRobert J. FrankelEdmund A. Gann
2002Harlan's HolidayEdgar PradoKen McPeekStarlight Stable
2001Millennium WindLaffit Pincay, Jr.David HofmansD & J Heerensperger
2000High YieldPat DayD. Wayne LukasTabor/Lewis/Magnier
1999MenifeePat DayW. Elliott WaldenHancock / Stone
1998Halory HunterGary StevensNick ZitoCeltic Pride Stable
1997PulpitShane SellersFrank L. BrothersClaiborne Farm
1996Skip AwayShane SellersSonny HineCarolyn Hine
1995Wild SynRandy RomeroThomas K. ArnemannJurgen K. Arnemann
1994Holy BullMike E. SmithWarren A. Croll, Jr.Warren A. Croll, Jr.
1993Prairie BayouMike E. SmithTom BohannanLoblolly Stable
1992Pistols and RosesJacinto VasquezGeorge GianosWillis Family Stables
1991Strike the GoldChris AntleyNick ZitoBCC Stable
1990Summer SquallPat DayNeil J. HowardDogwood Stable
1989Western PlayboyRandy RomeroHarvey L. VanierN. Vanier/R. Roncari
1988GranacusJacinto VasquezPat CollinsSteve A. Stavro
1987WarHerb McCauleyD. Wayne LukasTom Gentry
1986Bachelor BeauLarry MelanconPhilip HauswaldR. A. Waterfield/J. B. Tafel
1985Chief's CrownDon MacBethRoger LaurinStar Crown Stable
1984Taylor's SpecialPat DayWilliam I. MottWilliam F. Lucas
1983Play FellowJean CruguetHarvey L. VanierVanier/Lauer/Victor
1982LinkageBill ShoemakerHenry S. ClarkChristiana Stable
1981Proud AppealJeffrey FellStanley M. HoughGainesway Farm et al.
1980Rockhill NativeJohn OldhamHerbert K. StevensHarry A. Oak
1979Spectacular BidRonnie FranklinBud DelpHawksworth Farm
1978AlydarJorge VelasquezJohn M. VeitchCalumet Farm
1977For the MomentAngel Cordero, Jr.LeRoy JolleyGerald Robins
1976Honest PleasureBraulio BaezaLeRoy JolleyBertram R. Firestone
1975Master DerbyDarrel McHargueSmiley AdamsGolden Chance Farm
1974JudgerLaffit Pincay, Jr.Woody StephensSeth W. Hancock
1973My GallantAngel Cordero, Jr.Lou GoldfineArthur I. Appleton
1972Riva RidgeRon TurcotteLucien LaurinMeadow Stable
1971ImpetuosityEric GuerinGeorge PooleW. P. Rosso
1970Dust CommanderMike ManganelloDon CombsRobert E. Lehmann
1969Arts and LettersBill ShoemakerJ. Elliott BurchRokeby Stable
1968Forward PassIsmael ValenzuelaHenry ForrestCalumet Farm
1967Diplomat WayJohnny SellersJohn O. MeauxHarvey Peltier
1966Abe's HopeBill ShoemakerDel W. CarrollGrand Prix Stable
1965Lucky DebonairBill ShoemakerFrank CatroneAda L. Rice
1964Northern DancerBill HartackHoratio LuroWindfields Farm
1963ChateaugayBraulio BaezaJames P. ConwayDarby Dan Farm
1962RidanManuel YcazaLeRoy JolleyJolley/Woods/Greer
1961SherluckBraulio BaezaHarold YoungJacob Sher
1960TompionBill ShoemakerRobert L. WheelerC. V. Whitney
1959Tomy LeeBill ShoemakerFrank ChildsFred Turner, Jr.
1958PlionDavid ErbTom JolleyEdward Potter, Jr.
1957Round TableRalph NevesWilliam MolterKerr Stable
1956Toby B.Robert L. BairdR. E. WingfieldVan Deren & Deming
1955Racing FoolHenry MorenoLoyd Gentry, Jr.Cain Hoy Stable
1954GoyamoEddie ArcaroWoody StephensWoodvale Farm
1953CorrespondentEddie ArcaroWally DunnMrs. Gordon Guiberson
1952Gushing OilSteve BrooksWhitey JansenSam E. Wilson, Jr.
1951MamelukeRaymond AdairSylvester VeitchC. V. Whitney
1951RuheJob Dean JessopRobert McGarveyMrs. Emil Denemark
1950Mr. TroubleDouglas DodsonSylvester VeitchC. V. Whitney
1949HaltConn McCrearyWoody StephensWoodvale Farm
1948CoaltownNewbold L. PiersonBen A. JonesCalumet Farm
1947FaultlessDouglas DodsonBen A. JonesCalumet Farm
1946Lord BoswellEddie ArcaroJames W. SmithMaine Chance Farm
1945Darby DieppeMelvin CalvertCharles GentryMrs. W. G. Lewis
1944SkytracerMike CafferellaFrank J. BakerManuel B. Goff
1943Ocean WaveWendell EadsBen A. JonesCalumet Farm
1942Shut OutEddie ArcaroJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable
1941Our BootsConn McCrearySteve JudgeWoodvale Farm
1940BimelechFred A. SmithBill HurleyEdward R. Bradley
1939Heather BroomBasil JamesEarl SandeJohn Hay Whitney
1938Bull LeaIrving AndersonFrank J. KearnsCalumet Farm
1937FencingJack WestropeEarl SandeMaxwell Howard