Keeneland

Blue Grass Stakes: How the field shapes up

A huge crowd filled the paddock area before  the 88th running of the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday  April 14, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
A huge crowd filled the paddock area before the 88th running of the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday April 14, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

1 Heavy Breathing

Owners: Starlight Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Morning-line odds: 12-1

The skinny: The son of Giant's Causeway ran third in the Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway on March 24 after winning his first two career starts over the main track at Gulfstream. One of several with early speed.

2 Gung Ho

Owners: Ken and Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Mike Maker

Jockey: Edgar Prado

Morning-line odds: 30-1

The skinny: Ran seventh in the Grade I Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last October and was most recently second in the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway.

3 Prospective

Owner: John Oxley

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Luis Contreras

Morning-line odds: 10-1

The skinny: Winner of the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby actually began his career running on the Polytrack at Woodbine and won the Grade III Grey Stakes there last October.

4 Hansen

Owners: Dr. Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing

Trainer: Mike Maker

Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

Morning-line odds: 6-5

The skinny: The juvenile champion is the one to beat here, having won his first two starts on Turfway's Polytrack by a combined 251/2 lengths. His win in the Grade III Gotham showed he could relax and take back if someone else wants to dictate the fractions.

5 Russian Greek

Owner: Mikhail Yanakov

Trainer: Gennadi Dorochenko

Jockey: Miguel Mena

Morning-line odds: 50-1

The skinny: Won the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 14 but was off the board in both the Grade III El Camino Real Derby and Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes.

6 Dullahan

Owner: Donegal Racing

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

Morning-line odds: 6-1

The skinny: A half-brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, Dullhan earned his only career win when he captured the Grade I Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last October. The late-running colt should benefit from the abundance of speed.

7 Politicallycorrect

Owners: Ken and Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Elvis Trujillo

Morning-line odds: 30-1

The skinny: Earned both his wins over the Gulfstream Park main track, including breaking his maiden going 11⁄16 miles. Ran second in a 7-furlong allowance race at Keeneland last October.

8 Midnight Crooner

Owner: Arnold Zetcher

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Garrett Gomez

Morning-line odds: 15-1

The skinny: Full brother to Grade I winner Midnight Interlude earned his lone win in four starts when he won a 1-mile maiden race at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 18.

9 Holy Candy

Owners: Craig Stables and Donkey Island Racing

Trainer: John Sadler

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Morning-line odds: 30-1

The skinny: The son of Candy Ride steps into graded stakes company for the first time after breaking his maiden in his fourth try at Santa Anita Park on March 23.

10 Howe Great

Owner: Team Valor International

Trainer: Graham Motion

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Morning-line odds: 6-1

The skinny: The dark bay colt has won four straight and defeated Dullahan by a length in the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes on the Gulfstream Park turf on March 11.

11 Ever So Lucky

Owner: Augustin Stable

Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Morning-line odds: 12-1

The skinny: The highly touted colt represents the first Blue Grass Stakes starter for Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard and ran second to undefeated Gemologist in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last November.

12 Hero of Order

Owner: Gennadi Dorochenko

Trainer: Gennadi Dorochenko

Jockey: Eddie Martin Jr.

Morning-line odds: 12-1

The skinny: Shocked the racing world when he won the Grade II Louisiana Derby at odds of 109-to-1, his second win in 14 career starts. Is not Triple Crown nominated so he won't be making it into the Kentucky Derby even if he adds the Blue Grass to his résumé.

13 Scatman

Owners: Jim and Ellen O'Grady

Trainer: Michael Lauer

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

Morning-line odds: 12-1

The skinny: Has only been off the board once in six career starts and was most recently third in the Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. Broke his maiden going 6 furlongs over the Polytrack at Keeneland last Oct. 13.

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