It’s time to preview the horses likely to be among the likely entries in the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes.
The 2012 Blue Grass Stakes is set to be run on April 14th, and we’ll preview the race as well as the likely entries into the field this year. This race is often seen as one of the premier prep races as the three-year-olds get ready for the Kentucky Derby, and the likely entries into the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes look much the part of eventual Triple Crown participants.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Hansen leads the crop of Blue Grass Stakes likely entries, but there are plenty of other top contenders that could take home the top prize in this 1 1/8-mile race. No matter which horse you decide to bet in the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes, you’ll want to put in your wager at Bovada Sportsbook. Not only are they one of the best sportsbooks online, but they are also offering our readers a 150% cash bonus on top of their first deposit that is good for up $125 in free money!
2012 Blue Grass Stakes – Likely Entries:
Hansen – The potential Kentucky Derby favorite leads the field here, and he’s bested the top three-year-olds in the sport in his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Gotham victories. This will be his longest race to date and the only concerns on this horse racing star are how he’ll handle the distance.
Prospective – Finished 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile but has also bested other Blue Grass Stakes competitors in his Tampa Bay Derby victory last time out. Prospective should enjoy the distance and I expect continued improvement in the Blue Grass Stakes.
Drill – It’s tough to know what to expect here after Drill looked god winning the Del Mar Futurity but then regressed when distance was added at the end of 2011. He’s fresh off a San Vicente win over Creative Cause at 7 furlongs, but some believe he’s better suited for a shorter distance and will continue to disappoint at a mile or longer.
Dullahan – The Breeders’ Futurity winner went on to finish 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and 2nd in the Palm Beach on turf last time out. This horse looks to be better on turf than dirt or synthetic, but the distance won’t be an issue at all and he’s looked good in training.
Golden Ticket – Finished 2nd in the Tampa Bay Derby to Prospective, but seems to be improving after taking 4 tries to break his maiden. Golden Ticket was on the same synthetic track at Keeneland when he unsuccessfully tried to break his maiden in his first career race.
Ever So Lucky – Was 2nd behind Wood Memorial winner Gemologist in the 2011 Kentucky Jockey Club, and finished 3rd last time out in the Grade 3 Swale. Sired by Santa Anita Derby winner Indian Charlie, this contender should get better with added distance.
Howe Great – Beyond having the best hockey-related name amongst the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes likely entries, Howe Great also has some question marks. He’s won all 3 career races, and all 3 have been at a mile or longer against solid competition. That being said, all 3 were also on turf and this will be his debut on a new surface.
Raconteur – Coming off a 1st place finish in the Private Terms, but also looked flat when racing against Hansen in the 2012 Gotham. Raconteur has the most experience in the field but also hasn’t shown he’s on the same level as the other Blue Grass Stakes favorites.
Adirondack King – This three-year-old had success early in his career at shorter distances but has since finished 3rd in the Pasco, 3rd in the Southwest, and 7th in the Rebel after adding on distance. He’s gotten worse the longer the race was, and the Blue Grass Stakes distance will be his longest to date.
Gung Ho – This guy has been up and down after debuting with a 1-mile turf win in the Sunday Silence. He switched over to synthetic in his disappointing 7th place finish in the Breeders’ Futurity but then looked much improved last time out while finishing 2nd in the Rushaway. It’s tough to know what to expect, but I’ve learned that you should never count out a horse sired by Kitten’s Joy.
Scatman – Took 3 tries to break his maiden but finally did so on the synthetic surface at Keeneland where the Blue Grass Stakes will be run. Scatman finished 2nd in the Southwest and 3rd in the Rebel most recently.
Politicallycorrect – Took 4 tries to break his maiden and then finished 7th in the Gulfstream Park Derby. Politicallycorrect then was 1st in a 7-furlong allowance last time out and looks to show a large improvement here. I don’t see it happening, but this is once again a Kitten’s Joy horse and I’ll end up taking a closer look.
Russian Greek – Impressed in a Cal Derby win in his first career race, but has since regressed and finished 5th in the El Camino Real Derby and 8th in the Spiral. The good news is that his last two races were on synthetic and all 3 career runs have been at 1 1/16-miles or longer.