Blue Grass Stakes: How the field shapes up for Saturday's race

awincze@herald-leader.comApril 12, 2013 

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1 Dynamic Sky (10-1)

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Trainer: Mark Casse

Owner: John Oxley

Pedigree: Dark bay colt by Sky Mesa-Murani, by Distorted Humor

Career record: 7 starts, 2-2-1, $305,615

The skinny: Has not been off the board in three starts over a synthetic surface including a runner-up effort in the Grade I Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last October.

2 My Name Is Michael (15-1)

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

Trainer: Bill Mott

Owners: Wachtel Stable and Barry Butzer

Pedigree: Dark bay colt by Macho Uno-Graciously Soft, by Vindication

Career record: Six starts, 1-1-2, $98,074

The skinny: Broke his maiden over the Polytrack at Woodbine but was most recently eighth in the Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway on March 23.

3 Undrafted (10-1)

Jockey: Corey Nakatani

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Owner: Wes Welker

Pedigree: Chestnut gelding by Purim-French Jeannette, by French Deputy

Career record: Six starts, 2-0-4, $108,100

The skinny: Stretching out beyond a mile for the first time. Broke his maiden at Keeneland last April and was third in the Grade III, 7-furlong Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2.

4 Java's War (4-1)

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Trainer: Ken McPeek

Owner: Charles Fipke

Pedigree: Bay colt by War Pass-Java, by Rainbow Quest

Career record: Six starts, 2-1-1, $222,091

The skinny: Third-place finisher in the Grade I Breeders' Futurity last fall was second to Verrazano while making his season debut in the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby.

5 Palace Malice (8-1)

Jockey: Garrett Gomez

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owner: Dogwood Stable

Pedigree: Bay colt by Curlin-Palace Rumor, by Royal Anthem

Career record: Five starts, 1-2-1, $121,135

The skinny: Troubled trip last time out finishing seventh in Grade II Louisiana Derby on March 30. Will be running over synthetic surface for first time Saturday.

6 Channel Isle (30-1)

Jockey: Joe Rocco Jr.

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Owner: Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)

Pedigree: Bay colt by English Channel-Dandanna, by Linamix

Career record: Nine starts, 2-1-1, $106,150

The skinny: Off the board in two prior tries against graded stakes company but broke his maiden going 11⁄8 miles on the turf at Churchill Downs last November.

7 Uncaptured (7-2)

Jockey: Miguel Mena

Trainer: Mark Casse

Owner: John Oxley

Pedigree: Dark bay colt by Lion Heart-Captivating, by Arch

Career record: Eight starts, 6-1-0, $613,137

The skinny: Second-place finish in Grade III Spiral Stakes was encouraging as it marked his first start since winning the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Has six career starts on Polytrack with four wins.

8 Charming Kitten (10-1)

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owners: Ken and Sarah Ramsey

Pedigree: Dark bay by Kitten's Joy-Iteration, by Wild Again

Career record: Six starts, 2-2-1, $182,000

The skinny: Chased Rydilluc to a second-place effort in the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes on the Gulfstream Park turf. Stakes-winning colt posted his only off-the-board run when he finished ninth in Grade I Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last October.

9 Tesseron (50-1)

Jockey: Alan Garcia

Trainer: Josie Carroll

Owner: Donver Stable (Donna and Vern Dubinsky)

Pedigree: Gray or roan colt by Tapit-Cute Cognac, by Hennessy

Career record: Four starts, 1-1-0, $85,198

The skinny: Beaten 21/4 lengths by eventual Spiral Stakes winner Black Onyx in a 11⁄16-mile optional claiming race on turf at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 23.

10 Footbridge (20-1)

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Trainer: Eoin Harty

Owner: Godolphin

Pedigree: Bay colt by Street Cry-Thousand Islands, by Dubai Millennium

Career record: Four starts, 1-2-1, $62,720

The skinny: Broke his maiden going a mile at Santa Anita Park on March 17 after finishing second by a neck to eventual Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie.

11 Balance the Books (15-1)

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Trainer: Chad Brown

Owners: Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence

Pedigree: Bay colt by Lemon Drop Kid-Kreisleriana, by Seeking the Gold

Career record: Five starts, 2-1-1, $331,500

The skinny: Grade III winner drew kudos for his huge late kick in finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf but faltered in his 2013 debut, coming home 11th over the Polytrack at Turfway Park in the Grade III Spiral Stakes last month.

12 West Hills Giant (20-1)

Jockey: Jose Espinoza

Trainer: John Terranova

Owners: Long Island Racing Stables, Sunrise Stable, and Gina Bentivegna

Pedigree: Chestnut colt by Frost Giant-Outtawesthills, by Take Me Out

Career record: Six starts, 2-1-1, $279,653

The skinny: Gotham Stakes runner-up showed versatility by breaking his maiden going 11⁄16 miles on turf at Saratoga last September and coming back 26 days later to win going 6 furlongs on the dirt at Finger Lakes.

13 Rydilluc (4-1)

Jockey: Edgar Prado

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Owners: Leonard Green, Sean Shay, Harold Learner, et al

Pedigree: Bay colt by Medaglia d'Oro-Swift and Classy, by Clever Trick

Career record: Four starts, 3-0-0, $158,490

The skinny: Unbeaten and unchallenged in three starts on turf. New York-based Contessa has yet to saddle a winner in his limited experience starting horses over synthetic surfaces but has been thrilled with the way this colt has gotten over the Keeneland track in the mornings.

14 Fear the Kitten (30-1)

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Trainer: Mike Maker

Owner: Frank Irvin

Pedigree: Bay colt by Kitten's Joy-Dynarhythm, by Dynaformer

Career record: Six starts, 2-1-1, $138,215

The skinny: Another who broke his maiden at Keeneland last October. Followed up a second-place run in the Grade III Southwest Stakes with a fifth-place finish in the Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway.

Alicia Wincze Hughes


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Alicia Wincze Hughes: (859) 231-1676. Blog: horseracing.bloginky.com. Twitter: @horseracinghl.

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