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Falling Sky's Blue Grass Decision Looms

Trainer John Terranova was on hand at Keeneland Friday morning and said a decision on the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) status for Falling Sky would be made Saturday.

“We are going to get together tomorrow and talk it over,” said Terranova, who trains the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) winner for the ownership group of Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello and Joseph Bulger.

Also under consideration for Falling Sky, who is at Churchill Downs and scheduled to work there Sunday, is the Arkansas Derby (G1). The Toyota Blue Grass and Arkansas Derby are both scheduled to be run April 13.

Terranova also trains Gotham Stakes (G3) runner-up West Hills Giant for the ownership of Long Island Racing Stable, Sunrise Stables and Gina Bentivegna.

“He is going to breeze Monday at Belmont and if he works well, he could show up here for the Blue Grass or the (Coolmore) Lexington (G3),” Terranova said. “We got off schedule a little bit and that forced us to miss Saturday’s Wood Memorial (G1). He had a nice work Wednesday at Belmont (a half-mile in :49). We will make a decision after he breezes.”

An overflow field is expected to pass the entry box Wednesday for the 89th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass.

Considered as probable by Keeneland stakes coordinator Scott Jones are Uncaptured, Will Take Charge, Noble Tune, Dynamic Sky, Java’s War, Charming Kitten, Rydilluc, Fear the Kitten, Palace Malice, Undrafted, Channel Isle, Tesseron, Dewey Square, Footbridge and Eton Blue. Possible starters include the Terranova duo of Falling Sky and West Hills Giant, Demonic and Do the Roar.

The maximum number of starters for the Toyota Blue Grass will be limited to 14. In the event more than 14 pass the entry box, the 14 starters will be determined at that time with preference given to graded stakes winners (in order 1-2-3), then highest earnings. The most recent 14-horse field for the Toyota Blue Grass was in 1974.

 

 

 

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