Blue Grass Stakes: The skinny on every horse

awincze@herald-leader.comApril 11, 2014 

Bobby's Kitten was named the morning-line favorite Wednesday for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

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  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES

    When: 5:45 p.m. Saturday | TV: Fox Sports 1 | Purse: $750,000 | Distance: 1 1/8 miles | Weight: 123 lbs.
    PP HorseTrainer Jockey Odds
    1 Asserting Bear Baker Wilson 15-1
    2 ExtrasexyhipsterTrombetta Pimental 15-1
    3 Pablo Del MonteWard Espinoza 12-1
    4 Harry's HolidayMaker Napravnik 10-1
    5 Bobby's KittenBrown Castellano 3-1
    6 Coltimus PrimeNixon Garcia 20-1
    7 Casiguapo MoralesMaragh 30-1
    8 Dance With Fate Eurton Nakatani 12-1
    9 Big BazingaVassilieva Hernandez Jr. 20-1
    10 So Lonesome Bush Rocco Jr.50-1
    11 Coastline Casse Elliott8-1
    12 Vinceremos Pletcher Prado8-1
    13 Medal Count Romans Albarado9-2
    14Gala Award Pletcher Velazquez5-1
     Divine Oath-x Pletcher Leparoux12-1
    x-also eligible

1 Asserting Bear (15-1)

Jockey: Emma-Jayne Wilson

Trainer: Reade Baker

Owner: Bear Stables

Pedigree: Bay colt by Bear's Kid-Star Guest, by Assert

Career record: 8 starts, 2-1-1, $261,657

The skinny: Fourth last time out in Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway but was only beaten two lengths by winner We Miss Artie.

2 Extrasexyhippzster (15-1)

Jockey: Julian Pimentel

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Owners: Michael Kirwan and Edward Hipps

Pedigree: Dark bay colt by Stroll-Extra Sexy Psychic, by Freud

Career record: Six starts, 3-0-1, $174,224

The skinny: Well-beaten eighth in the Grade III Gotham Stakes on March 1 and is making his first start over a synthetic track.

3 Pablo Del Monte (12-1)

Jockey: Victor Espinoza

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Owners: Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Wesley Ward

Pedigree: Chestnut colt by Giant's Causeway-One Hot Wish, by Bring the Heat

Career record: Five starts, 2-0-1, $83,700

The skinny: Dam set a world record at Keeneland for 41/2 furlongs back in 2007. Pablo Del Monte is coming off third-place finish in the Grade III Hutcheson.

4 Harry's Holiday (10-1)

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Trainer: Mike Maker

Owners: Skychai Racing, Sand Dollar Stable, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner

Pedigree: Bay colt by Harlan's Holiday-Daisy Mason, by Orientate

Career record: Seven starts, 3-2-1, $185,216

The skinny: Came within a nose of winning the Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway. Has hit the board in all three tries on a synthetic track.

5 Bobby's Kitten (3-1)

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Trainer: Chad Brown

Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey

Pedigree: Bay colt by Kitten's Joy-Celestial Woods, by Forestry

Career record: Five starts, 3-0-2, $307,100

The skinny: Tabbed by owner Ken Ramsey as his best 3-year-old but is trying the Polytrack for the first time.

6 Coltimus Prime (20-1)

Jockey: Alan Garcia

Trainer: Justin Nixon

Owner: Cabernet Racing Stables (Jayson Horner and Michael Weingarten)

Pedigree: Dark bay colt by Milwaukee Brew-Certainly Special, by Distorted Humor

Career record: Four starts, 1-1-0, $57,325

The skinny: Ran ninth in the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby in first try against graded stakes company.

7 Casiguapo (30-1)

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Trainer: Mario Morales

Owner: All American Horses

Pedigree: Chestnut colt by Sightseeing-Emerald Buddha, by Buddha

Career record: Six starts, 1-2-1, $287,665

The skinny: Was second to Strong Mandate in the Grade I Hopeful last September but opened his 2014 season with a fifth-place finish going 6 furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2.

8 Dance With Fate (12-1)

Jockey: Corey Nakatani

Trainer: Peter Eurton

Owners: Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable, Ciaglia Racing

Pedigree: Dark bay colt by Two Step Salsa-Flirting With Fate, by Saint Ballado

Career record: Seven starts, 2-3-0, $230,050

The skinny: Runner-up in both the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Stakes, most recently was beaten just half a length in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby.

9 Big Bazinga (20-1)

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Trainer: Katerina Vassilieva

Owner: Derby Dreamers Racing Stable

Pedigree: Dark bay gelding by Bluegrass Cat-Darling Daughter, by Maria's Mon

Career record: Six starts, 1-2-0, $94,907

The skinny: Winless since breaking his maiden first time out at Woodbine last September but was fifth, beaten only 21/2 lengths, in the Grade III Spiral at Turfway.

10 So Lonesome (50-1)

Jockey: Joe Rocco Jr.

Trainer: Tom Bush

Owner: Patricia Schuler

Career record: Five starts, 2-1-1, $129,400

Pedigree: Dark bay gelding by Awesome Again-Dash for Money by General Meeting

The skinny: Stakes winner in his first try on turf last November but was ninth in the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes won by Gala Award.

11 Coastline (8-1)

Jockey: Stewart Elliott

Trainer: Mark Casse

Owners: John Oxley

Pedigree: Gray or roan colt by Speightstown-Culinary by El Amante

Career record: Seven starts, 2-1-2, $172,479

The skinny: Broke his maiden over the Keeneland Polytrack last October and was third, beaten a head, in the Grade III Spiral.

12 Vinceremos (8-1)

Jockey: Edgar Prado

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owners: WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables

Career record: Four starts, 2-2-0, $223,600

Pedigree: Dark bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile-Kettle's Sister, by More Than Ready

The skinny: Winner of the Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 1 was second to Ring Weekend in the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby.

13 Medal Count (9-2)

Jockey: Robby Albarado

Trainer: Dale Romans

Owner: Spendthrift Farm

Pedigree: Bay colt by Dynaformer-Brisquette, by Unbridled's Song

Career record: Six starts, 3-0-0, $111,600

The skinny: Is wheeling back off a week's rest after breaking through to win the Grade III Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland last Friday.

14 Gala Award (5-1)

Jockey: John Velazquez

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier

Pedigree: Bay colt by Bernardini-Wilshewed, by Carson City

Career record: Three starts, 2-1-0, $123,180

The skinny: Followed up his maiden victory by winning the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes on the turf over the same 11⁄8-mile distance he will travel in the Blue Grass.

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Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owner: Let's Go Stable (Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan)

Pedigree: Bay colt by Broken Vow-Rejoicing, by Forestry

Career record: Two starts, 2-0-0, $49,350

The skinny: Boasts two victories in two starts on the turf at Gulfstream this year.

Alicia Wincze Hughes

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

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