Raut LLC’s Hero of Order,
the 109-1 winner of the Louisiana Derby (G2) on April 1 at Fair
Grounds, on Monday morning joined the probable cast for Saturday’s 88th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1).
he is feeling good, run him,” trainer Gennadi Dorochenko said of Hero
of Order, a colt by Sharp Humor who will be ridden by Eddie Martin Jr.
Dorochenko is expected to have a second runner in the Toyota Blue Grass in Olympia Star Inc.’s Russian Greek. No rider has been confirmed for Russian Greek.
While Hero of Order was entering the Toyota Blue Grass picture, Dogwood Stable’s Raconteur was exiting.
Todd Pletcher texted Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman that
Raconteur may be routed to Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (G1), but
definitely would not run in the Toyota Blue Grass.
Pletcher, who won the Toyota Blue Grass in 2005 with Bandini and 2008 with Monba, still will be represented in this year’s renewal by Starlight Racing’s Heavy Breathing,
third in the Vinery Racing Spiral (G3) in his most recent start on
March 24. Heavy Breathing is scheduled to ship to Keeneland on Tuesday
from Palm Meadows, where he worked a half-mile in :48.77 on Sunday.
Pletcher texted Huffman that Corey Lanerie probably would have the
In other Toyota Blue Grass developments, the race status of MarchFore Thoroughbreds’ Adirondack King remained in question.
am going to talk today with the owners, but it may be the (Coolmore)
Lexington (G3 on April 21) for him,” trainer John Servis said after the
colt jogged Monday morning under Juan David.
Adirondack had worked five furlongs in :59.80 on Saturday in company with Ill Conceived, who was injured in the work.
Conceived will miss the Lexington,” Servis said. “It looks like he
jammed a high suspensory and since he is not going to the (Kentucky)
Derby, I am not going to rush him.”
Monday activity for other possible contenders for the Toyota Blue Grass …
With trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s assistant, Barry Wiseman, aboard, Ever So Lucky
walked through the paddock and stood in the starting gate before
galloping 1½ miles. The colt, who races for Augustin Stable, is to work
on Tuesday about 8 a.m. with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard.
Trainer Ken McPeek said the decision of whether to race Golden Ticket
in the Toyota Blue Grass or the Coolmore Lexington on April 21 would be
made after Dan Fuchs of owner Magic City Thoroughbred Partners arrives
in Lexington later today. This morning, the colt galloped 1½ miles.
Team Valor International’s Howe Great took 1½ laps over the Keeneland Training Track with assistant Heather Craig aboard.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Politicallycorrect galloped 1½ miles for trainer Wesley Ward.
JEOG Racing LLC’s Scatman,
second in the Southwest (G3) and third in the Rebel (G2) in his past
two starts, remains under consideration for the Toyota Blue Grass or the
Coolmore Lexington, trainer Mike Lauer told a Keeneland representative.
Shaun Bridgmohan would have the mount.
prospective Toyota Blue Grass runners are scheduled to arrive at
Keeneland on Tuesday afternoon from California: Craig Stables and Donkey
Island Racing’s Holy Candy and Arnold Zetcher’s Midnight Crooner. Joel Rosario has the mount on Holy Candy and Garrett Gomez the call on Midnight Crooner.