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: $600,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, July 11th
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2020 Blue Grass Stakes Entries and Results

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Art Collector
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Thomas Drury, Jr.
$6.60
$4.00
$3.20
7
Swiss Skydiver
Mike E. Smith
Kenneth G. McPeek
$4.20
$3.40
10
Rushie
Javier Castellano
Michael W. McCarthy
$4.00
12
Enforceable
Joel Rosario
Mark E. Casse
9
Attachment Rate
Joseph Talamo
Dale L. Romans
4
Mr. Big News
Mitchell Murrill
W. Bret Calhoun
2
Finnick the Fierce
Jose L. Ortiz
Rey Hernandez
13
Tiesto
Flavien Prat
William I. Mott
6
Hard Lighting
Rafael Bejarano
Alexis Delgado
8
Basin
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
1
Shivaree
John R. Velazquez
Ralph E. Nicks
11
Hunt the Front
Corey J. Lanerie
Nicholas P. Zito
5
Man in the Can
Tyler Gaffalione
Ron Moquett

Exotic Payouts:

  • $2 Exacta (3-7) Paid: $24.20
  • $2 Trifecta (3-7-10) Paid: $122.40
  • $2 Superfecta (3-7-10-12) Paid: $885.60


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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

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2020
Art Collector
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Thomas Drury, Jr.
Bruce Lunsford
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

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