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Stately Victor in Blue Grass Shocker

Stately Victor upsets the 2010 Blue Grass
Stately Victor, a 40-1 outsider, ran down a game Paddy O'Prado to capture the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course on Saturday.

The winner, a three-year-old colt by Ghostzapper, out of Dynaformer mare Collect The Cash, stopped the clock in 1:48.69 and paid $82.20 under Alan Garcia. He is trained by Michael Maker.

Odysseus took advantage of his inside draw and set splits of :23.89 and :47.96. Paddy O'Prado crusied to the fore after six furlongs in 1:12.33 and set sail for home after a mile in 1:36.63, but Stately Victor was commencing his wide rally and won going away.

First Dude was in the hunt throughout and landed the show in a solid effort. 3-1 betting favorite Interactif finished an even 4th and was followed by Codoy, Make Music For Me, Pleasant Prince, Aikenite, and Odysseus.

Stately Victor earned $450,000 for his upset tally and is assured a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.

Paddy O'Prado picked up $150,000 in graded earnings. He was exiting a win in the Palm Beach (G3), and he placed in another graded turf event last year, so he will probably have enough dough to make the big dance.

 

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I agree with rossington -----just hold your nose and jump.
A 40-1 shot win's the Bluegrass Stakes, and a 17-1 shot win's the Arkansas Derby? How the hell is anyone supposed to be able to handicap the upcoming Kentucky Derby? LOL. I guess it would be safe just to play Eskendereya and Sidney's Candy. Beyond that, who know's who might jump up and win the roses this year?
Surprise! Another bred to be a late bloomer blooms late. lol He's bred to run all day. The new guy for the exotics.
now i know why alan garcia rode stately victor instead of akienite
Fans at Keeneland were talking about just that, the Blue Grass losing it's Grade 1 status. However, graded races earn points based on what horses are in the race, and this was a good field, so it won't hurt a bit. For it to lose it's Grade 1 status, trainers would have to avoid the race completely with proven horses.
I don't think it's marching towards it, I think it's already there. How long before it loses its grade one status?
THIS race, on that surface, continues its march toward greater and greater irrelevance.

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