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Breeders' Cup 2017

HRN Original Blog:
Portrait of a Thoroughbred

Blue Grass Stakes Day at Keeneland in Photos

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Photo: Heidi E. Carpenter

At Keeneland on Saturday, the Blue Grass Stakes day weather was as good as it gets--bright and hot without being humid. After the terrible winter of 2013-2014, it was nice to have a taste of summer.

Two Grade III and three Grade I stakes races were the highlights of the Blue Grass Stakes card.

The first stakes of the day was the Commonwealth Stakes (Gr. III), which was won by Occasional View, Alan Garcia up.


Next up was the Shakertown Stakes (Gr. III), which was captured in a stirring finish by Marchman (outside, Robby Albarado up).

 

 After the wire of the Shakertown stakes.


The Grade I Madison Stakes was up next. Byrama (GB) was one contender.

 

Judy the Beauty, winner of last fall's Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (Gr. II) at Keeneland over Groupie Doll, was the favorite for the Madison. Her attentive groom rarely took his eyes off her.

 

Judy the Beauty being saddled by owner/trainer Wesley Ward.


Better Lucky, winner of last fall's First Lady Stakes (Gr. I) at Keeneland, was another contender in the Madison.


Judy the Beauty's groom cleans the corners of her eyes before taking her to the walking ring.

 

With convincing style, Judy the Beauty--John Velazquez up--won the Madison and thereby remained undefeated on Keeneland's polytrack. She also became a millionaire with this win.


 

 

 

 

Up next was the Grade I Jenny Wiley Stakes, which Centre Court (pictured) won in 2013.

 

Race favorite Stephanie's Kitten protests the girth.


The beautiful Discreet Marq was another contender in the Jenny Wiley...


...as was Hard Not to Like.

 

Discreet Marq contended with Cloud Scapes for the lead early in the Jenny Wiley.


While Discreet Marq contended with Centre Court, Hard Not to Like slipped to the front on the inside.

 

Hard Not to Like, Javier Castellano up, captured her first Grade I win while Discreet Marq hung on for second.



 

 

 

Bobby's Kitten was the favorite for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Gr. I).

 

And they're off in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes!


The field enters the first turn.


In the stretch, Dance With Fate, Corey Nakatani up, closed from the back of the pack to win the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

 

 
Trainer Dale Romans and Robby Albarado discuss 2nd place finisher Medal Count's performance in the race...

 
 
...as Dance With Fate is led back to the winner's circle.

 

 

 

 


 

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Older Comments about Blue Grass Stakes Day at Keeneland in Photos...

Thanks tmallios, I will.
Anna,please contact Lisa at belmontgirl111@aol.com. She has dossage info for you on the Derby
The Beauty Judy and Hard Not To Like getting their G1's ! All excellent pictures.
The photos of Judy the Beauty are beautiful and the pics of Dance With Fate and Nakatani are great!
All the photo's were great, they captured the day well, I really enjoyed Dance With Fate being lead back to the winner's circle an Nakatani giving him a well deserved pat on the neck.
Great pictures, you captured the day really well, m
Thank you for capturing the beauty of Discreet Marq!

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 Meet Heidi Carpenter

 

An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi also runs Racing Reviewer.

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