Bet on the Blue Grass Stakes

Bet on the Blue Grass Stakes

The Blue Grass Stakes is a major, Grade 1 event that draws some of the finest three-year-old, thoroughbreds on an annual basis. This race currently takes place at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky where thoroughbreds navigate a polytrack surface over a distance of 1 1/8 miles. Since 1937, the Blue Grass Stakes has taken place every year and since its beginning has served as an important preparation race for the Kentucky Derby, despite the occasional disruption. The first running was in 1911 at the Kentucky Association track.

Blue Grass Stakes Racebooks

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Blue Grass Stakes Betting Odds

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2017 Blue Grass Stakes Contenders

In a wide-open renewal of the Blue Grass, the 2016 version featured 14 runners in a race that likely baffled most handicappers. But when the dust settled, it was the horse-for-course, Brody’s Cause, coming away with the win for trainer Dale Romans. A grade 1 winner already over the Keeneland surface as a two year-old by way of the Breeders’ Cup Futurity, Brody’s Cause validated his form and reaffirmed his affinity for the Lexington oval with a grinding stretch move to reel in the frontrunners. In doing so, the son of Giant’s Causeway punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby and silenced many critics after his disappointing seasonal debut in the Grade 2 Tampa Derby. New York shipper My Man Sam made an impressive closing move to nip another Romans trainee Cherry Wine for second.

2015 Order of Finish:              Win    Place   Show

1st: Brody’s Cause                   $10.40 $5.00 $3.40

2nd: My Man Sam                               $5.80 $4.00

3rd:  Cherry Wine                                         $3.60

(Also Ran: Laoban, Star Hill, Goats Town, Lookin for a Kiss, Donegal Moon, Crescent Drive, Cards of Stone, Zapperini, Zulu, American Dubai, Twizz; Scratched: Hint of Roses Pinson)

Check back closer to race day for 2017 Blue Grass contenders!

Did you know?

Legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker won the Blue Grass Stakes a whopping six times, spanning 23 years of racing. Skip Away set the record at the current 1 1/8 mile distance in 1996 with a time of 1:47.20. The biggest upset victory took place in 2010 when Stately Victor finished first, resulting in a payoff of $82.20, while Spectacular Bid in 1979 produced the smallest straight payoff of $2.10. In 1951, the Blue Grass Stakes took place in two heats, with Ruhe finishing first at a time of 1:54.20 in one heat and Mameluke winning with a time of 1:54.40 in the other.