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Breeders' Cup 2017

Hero of Order Joins Blue Grass Cast

Hero of Order (no. 12), ridden by Eddie Martin Jr. and trained by Gennadi Dorochenko, wins the 99th running of the grade 2 Louisiana Derby for three year olds on April 1, 2012 at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)

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).


“If 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.


Trainer 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 mount.


In other Toyota Blue Grass developments, the race status of MarchFore Thoroughbreds’ Adirondack King remained in question.


“I 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.


“Ill 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.


Two 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.



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Older Comments about Hero of Order Joins Blue Grass Cast...

“If he is feeling good, run him" ... why ???
Sweet, even more pace to hopefully mess with Hansen & help Dullahan
Wow the Blue Grass Stakes is going to be a great one this year!
Wow the Blue Grass Stakes is going to be a great one this year!

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