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
  • 2020 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, April 4th
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2019 Blue Grass Stakes Entries and Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY
TRAINER
WIN
PLACE
SHOW
2
Vekoma
Javier Castellano
George Weaver
$4.80
$3.20
$2.60
8
Win Win Win
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Michael J. Trombetta
$4.00
$3.20
3
Signalman
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Kenneth G. McPeek
$3.60
1
Somelikeithotbrown
Tyler Gaffalione
Michael J. Maker
5
Chess Chief
Paco Lopez
Dallas Stewart
11
So Alive
Luis Saez
Todd A. Pletcher
9
Sir Winston
Julien R. Leparoux
Mark E. Casse
7
Admire
Robby Albarado
Dale L. Romans
13
Moonster
John McKee
Dale L. Romans
10
Lucky Lee
Chris Landeros
John C. Servis
4
Market King
Jon Kenton Court
D. Wayne Lukas
14
Aquadini
Corey J. Lanerie
Dallas Stewart
6
Dream Maker
Florent Geroux
Mark E. Casse
12
Parsimony
Mario Gutierrez
Doug F. O'Neill
Exotic Payoffs:
$2 Exacta (2-8) $18.60
$2 Trifecta (2-8-3) $75.60
$2 Superfecta (2-8-3-1) $379.00
 






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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.

Previous Winners of the Blue Grass

Year
Horse
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
2019
Vekoma
Javier Castellano
George Weaver
R. A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables
2018
Win Win Win
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Michael J. Trombetta
Live Oak Plantation
2017
Irap
Julien R. Leparoux
Doug F. O'Neill
Reddam Racing LLC
2016
Brody's Cause
Luis Saez
Dale L. Romans
Albaugh Family Stable
2015
Carpe Diem
John Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
WinStar Farm/Stonestreet Stables
2014
Dance With Fate
Corey S. Nakatani
Peter Eurton
Alesia/Bran Jam Stable/Ciaglia Racing
2013
Java's War
Julien Leparoux
Kenneth G. McPeek
Charles E. Fipke
2012
Dullahan
Kent Desormeaux
Dale Romans
Donegal Racing
2011
Brilliant Speed
Joel Rosario
Thomas Albertrani
Live Oak Plantation
2010
Stately Victor
Alan Garcia
Michael J. Maker
F. Thomas & Jack Conway