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2014 Blue Grass Stakes

Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland

Skip AwayOnly 3 weeks out from the first Saturday in May and I can’t wait! Last weekend’s races were fantastic. California Chrome did not disappoint and won the Santa Anita Derby like there was nothing to it, while at the Wood Memorial, Wicked Strong pulled off an upset over Samraat and the last week’s “buzz” horse, Social Inclusion. There are only 2 more 100 point races left and they are up on deck for this Saturday. If you are unfamiliar with the Kentucky Derby Points System, there’s never been a better time to check out our page dedicated to it here- 2014 Kentucky Derby Points System. The Blue Grass Stakes was inaugurated in 1911 and since its inception, we have seen some fine talent come out of this race such as Northern Dancer, Alydar, Spectacular Bid, Summer Squall, Holy Bull, Skip Away, and Pulpit to name a few. Let’s see what talents will emerge this year in the 2014 Blue Grass Stakes!

The Blue Grass

Bobby's KittenThe $750,000 Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes is the 11th race on the card at Keeneland on Saturday and will host a field of 14 three year olds traveling 1 1/8 mile. The 3/1 morning line favorite is Bobby’s Kitten, trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano. Should Bobby’s Kitten pull off a win or 2nd place finish here he will be one of 3 Derby contenders for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Bobby’s Kitten has been an extraordinary turf horse so far, but this will be his first Polytrack outing. The main problem here is that he will have to fight for the front-end lead. So for value, I’m going with Coastline at 8/1 on the morning line. He recently ran third in the Grade 3 Spiral, missing the win by a neck and has shown that he can at least compete with some of the top horses. I feel he should hit his stride here, stalk the pace and pull off a nice win and an entry into this year’s Kentucky Derby. Maybe, lol. He has a few red flags that concern me, but in this field I believe he could get the job done. Harry's HolidayJust as capable and definitely a value play is Harry’s Holiday at 10 to 1 on the ML. Like Coastline, he has proven to be a strong contender in the past and within this field, he has a good chance to bring in the win. He missed a win in the Spiral by a nose trying to maintain the front-end lead. For him to succeed on Saturday, he will need to come off of the pace. I look for jockey Rosie Napravnik to keep him in Bobby’s Kitten’s hip pocket and possibly pull off the upset. Finally, as a way out there longshot play, I like Casiguapo at 30 to 1 on the morning line. He hasn’t been consistent, but on his best day he is fully capable of running with this field. He has been training hard and I believe he should at least be in the money come Saturday. Good luck everybody!

 

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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