Updated on 04/12/2013 10:03AM

Keeneland: Blue Grass gets 15, Uncaptured 7-2 favorite

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Uncaptured (above) will break from post 7, with Java's War (4-1) in post 4 and Rydilluc (4-1) in post 13.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Uncaptured has been listed as a 7-2 morning-line favorite after being assigned post 7 among a full gate of 14 3-year-olds for the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes, the annual Keeneland showcase that will be run Saturday for the 89th time.

Uncaptured, with Miguel Mena to ride, is the slight program choice in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack race over Java’s War (post 4, Julien Leparoux, 4-1) and Rydilluc (post 13, Edgar Prado, 4-1). In all, 15 were entered, with Divine Ambition a lone also-eligible.

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Uncaptured is the leading earner and most accomplished horse in a deep Blue Grass field, having won 6 of 7 starts as a 2-year-old. The Ontario-bred colt ran second in his only race this year, the March 23 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.

“I was really, really happy with the way he kept trying at Turfway,” trainer Mark Casse said. “That track was deep and slow, and he had every right to pack it in. He’s trained great since then, and hopefully he’ll move up in a big way Saturday off that race.”

Casse also will be represented by Dynamic Sky (post 1, Joel Rosario, 10-1) in the Blue Grass. There are no stable couplings for wagering purposes.

The Blue Grass, which offers 100 points to the winner (and 170 overall) on the new eligibility system in use toward the Kentucky Derby, will be featured on a 90-minute broadcast (4:30 p.m. Eastern) on NBC. Post time for the Blue Grass is set for 5:40.

[ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY: Prep races, point standings, replays]

The Blue Grass is carded as the 10th of 12 races on a Saturday card that also includes four other graded stakes. In those earlier races:

◗ Grade 1, $300,000 Jenny Wiley (race 9): Filly-mare turf standouts such as Dayatthespa and Marketing Mix, both familiar with the Keeneland course, weren’t quite ready for this pivotal early season divisional race at 1 1/16 miles, leaving Centre Court, Samitar, and defending champion Daisy Devine as the favorites in a field of nine.

◗ Grade 1, $300,000 Madison (race 8): There are no standouts among the 10 fillies and mares in this seven-furlong Polytrack race, with 5-year-old Holiday for Kitten, with a modest $322,745, being the top earner. Other notables in a wide-open race include Byrama, Jamaican Smoke, Shumoos, and Fantasy of Flight.

◗ Grade 3, $100,000 Shakertown (race 7): Regally Ready, winner of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, and Perfect Officer, a nose winner of this race last year, are the most accomplished starters among the nine veterans entered in this 5 1/2-furlong turf dash.

◗ Grade 3, $175,000 Commonwealth (race 6): Bind and Gantry, both based in New Orleans through the winter, will vie for favoritism in a field of six older horses in this seven-furlong Polytrack fixture.

An all-graded-stakes pick-four wager with a guaranteed pool of $250,000 is being offered on races 7-10, ending with the Blue Grass.

Brian R. Johnston More than 1 year ago
Being from Ontario, one would expect that I would be all over Uncaptured in the Blue Grass, however 60 years in this world has taught me that there are more winners in an open race than Ontario breds. I am skeptical at best, that the Blue Grass will even produce a challenger when it comes to the Derby, as there is a vast difference between horses that handle synthetic tracks and dirt tracks. The Blue Grass no longer carries the same status that it once enjoyed due to the change of racing surface to synthetic and you have a prime example in regards to this year's event. This race is not filled with legitimate contenders and the field is really week due to inferior competition and very lightly raced contenders. The point getters will go nowhere come Derby Day.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Uncaptured and Palice Malice for the exacta in this bunch , keep punching the ticket...
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Get your betting shoes out for Saturday. If you feel like Uncaptured is winning this, you have completely lost your marbles.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Best 2 YO last year in the US and CANADA put together ....Not a bad 3 YO today...
Mark More than 1 year ago
Who do your sheets got ? Imld? Lmao !
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Wasnt it you Mark who said IMLD would run Orb into the ground in the Florida Derby because of his Rag # was so superior than the Orbs. How did you mess that one up with your #"s. Let me guess, your gonna say today it was the layoff that got IMLD beat right ...I dont need sheets to see a good horse, you might, just curious, hows it working for you ?
Mark More than 1 year ago
It was him Billy .
iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
Fear the kitten make some money guy's
iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
Chad Brown never won a race on synthetic , just saying
Perl More than 1 year ago
Good luck trying to separate this field. That said, the rail horse looks interesting to me returning to the synthetic.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe not even one comment for Uncaptured, a proven synthetic horse, second off layoff, great post, deserving chalk IMO
mary More than 1 year ago
Palace malice had horrible trip in LA derby dragged Prado the whole way untill hit 5 o'clock rush hour traffic. Worked 9 4/5 at keeneland at 2 yr sale if likes it Saturday going to be hard to beat!!
Phillip Rodgers More than 1 year ago
Wow did u just qoute a 2 year old sale work....hahahahaha call me the next time the quarter horses are in town. He won't hit the boar d.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
I ran around my block fast when I was 24, doesn't mean Ill do it at 31 hun.
mikeh More than 1 year ago
Did you train for it at 31? Seems Palace Malice has trained for this. Good luck Mary. The 9 4/5 suggests that the horse can handle keeneland's sometimes quirky surface. He'll be a longshot and needs to step up, but he's got a shot.
ken More than 1 year ago
Palace was obviously allot bette than what people are suggesting in here, which to me completely shows how uneducated some fans are. He made a strong middle move and theen the 46 year old Prado ( i don't wanna take a chance man) decides to wait for a hole that never opened. I think that Palace would have been there right at the wire in the top tier when the smoke cleared, racing and winning are always derived on some luck or good trips, he had neither. I expect a huge effort and i will gladly take the 8-1 odd that the rest of you will be giving me because of your selections. Thank you boys and girls!
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
I think you'll get much better than 8-1
ken More than 1 year ago
Not really, I respect your comment but he was bet last time down and I think a true horse player will look at his last race and realize the horse had plenty. But if you are right, and I hope you are, I will gladly take what I can get. Gomez is a huge change, disappoint Rosie and Lavier had a prior commitment, i am just not a Prado fan. He has no game left, he is along for the ride and if the horse gets him there he is a hero, if not its because of a bad trip. Good luck in all your picks SARATOGA! How can I tell you how much I liove that place, I go every year!
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Dont give up on Edgar, if he has horse, I still like him on the Turf...and this is like a turf race, got to have position and kick, tho not going to disagree that last ride left a little to be desired, big question as to how PM handles track!, Good luck and maybe paths will cross in SAR this summer, (closing week is a killer time to go) This is a race that hitting the board will pay well. 5 to 6$ to show likely
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
agree gomez should move this one up and that wont go unnoticed by Cal bettors.
Phillip Rodgers More than 1 year ago
Turf route is the only time you should use prado. Nonetheless I'm pretty sure palace won't even hit the boarf when the smoke clears. I'd bet on that
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
I have a nice bet on Normandy Invasion and Dynamic Sky in the futures. I really like Dynamic sky at 1 1/4. Desparately need a 1st or 2nd place finish. My friend says Dynamic Sky LOVES CD and has been tearing up the track lately. If you look at the point standings, the horses with the top $$$ would be a better race then the horses with the most points, albeit the point system probably forced some of these to run when the wouldn't have.