04/16/2011 10:16AM

Keeneland: It's Blue Grass Day


Not exactly an ideal weather day for horse racing, but hey, Blue Grass Day only comes once a year, and the folks will be coming out in droves today to see Santiva take on 11 other 3yos in the 87th running of the Keeneland spring showcase. Starting with that downpour early yesterday afternoon, the weather here has been abysmal, with intermittent downpours, ominous-looking clouds, and plummeting temperatures. The high today is only supposed to be 53.

But the show goes on indeed. Not only is there the $750k BGStakes (race 9, post 5:45), but 3 graded stakes directly precede it to make for an all-stakes pick 4 (races 6-9). There also will be the pick 5 (races 6-10), and the usual late pick 4 (races 7-10); all multi-race wagers available in 50-cent increments. No carryovers in the pick 5 nor the $1 super high 5 (race 10) after both were hit yesterday for nice payoffs.

Yours truly had a hot hand here yesterday by picking 7 of the first 8 on-top winners in the Hermis picks in DRF, and I feel like we can keep the momentum intact today, so check it out again today.

The overnight rain left the turf yielding, while they're calling the Poly fast, as usual. First post is 1:15 ET. You can catch live streaming of the Blue Grass on drf.com.

Here are the early changes on the 10-race Blue Grass card:

Race 2 - SCR #4 Lily the Pink

Race 5 - SCR #5 Lady Jadana; J.Velazquez rides #8 Fashion Insider

Race 6 - SCR #8 Southern Region; jockey TBA on #6 Great Attack

Race 8 - SCR #5 Satans Quick Chick; SCR #7 Ice Mist; SCR #14(ae) Spring Party; note that #13(ae) Valli With a Vow will run

Race 10 - jockey TBA on #11 Street Gossip