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Gung Ho Definite for Blue Grass Stakes

Owner Ken Ramsey, who already had his homebred Politicallycorrect scheduled to run in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1), said Tuesday morning that he is “definitely going to enter Gung Ho” for the $750,000 race.

 

Trained by Mike Maker, Gung Ho finished second in the Rushaway at Turfway Park on March 24 in his 2012 debut. In his lone Keeneland start, Gung Ho was seventh in last fall’s Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) behind probable Toyota Blue Grass rival Dullahan.

 

Maker said Edgar Prado would have the mount on Gung Ho. Prado has won the Toyota Blue Grass three times: Harlan’s Holiday in 2002, Peace Rules in 2003 and Monba in 2008.

 

MENA PICKS UP MOUNT ON RUSSIAN GREEK FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

 

Jockey Miguel Mena will have the mount on Olympia Star Inc.’s Russian Greek in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1), according to trainer Gennadi Dorochenko.

 

The Toyota Blue Grass will be the first start for Russian Greek under Dorochenko’s care.

 

“There was no money in California (where Russian Greek was trained by Jerry Hollendorfer) and no races to run in and that is why we brought him here,” said Dorochenko, who got Russian Greek after the colt’s eighth-place finish in the Vinery Racing Spiral (G3) at Turfway Park under Corey Nakatani.

 

Dorochenko was aboard Russian Greek on Tuesday morning, jogging a mile and then putting in a one-lap gallop at better than a two-minute lick clip.

 

Before Russian Greek came to the track, Dorochenko followed a similar pattern aboard Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Hero of Order, owned by Raut LLC. Eddie Martin Jr., who rode the Sharp Humor colt for the first time in his upset victory on April 1 at Fair Grounds, will have the riding assignment for the Toyota Blue Grass.

 

ADIRONDACK KING, GOLDEN TICKET TO BYPASS TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

 

MarchFore Thoroughbreds’ Adirondack King, seventh in the Rebel (G2) in his most recent start, and Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket, coming off a second in the Tampa Bay Derby, will not run in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1).

 

“We are going to pass,” said Adirondack King’s trainer, John Servis. “I don’t think he is crazy about the track and we are going to look for a better spot.”

 

Servis, trainer of 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Smarty Jones, said Adirondack King would be shipping in the next few days to the trainer’s home base at Parx Racing near Philadelphia.

 

“The Jerome is not coming up that tough and we may try that,” Servis said about the $200,000 Grade 2 race at a mile scheduled for April 21 at Aqueduct.

 

Trainer Ken McPeek said Golden Ticket would not run. The colt has been under consideration for the Coolmore Lexington (G3) on April 21.

 

 

 

 

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