Blue Grass prospect Blackadder works half a mile in Keeneland
Four horses are slated to be entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 98th race of the million-dollar Toyota Blue Grass (G1) being built at a speedy main track in Keeneland on Sunday morning.
Coach Mark Casse was represented by the first two Toyota Blue Grass workers of the morning with Volcanic covering the half mile in :51.40 when the track opened at 5.30am and Golden Glider following an hour later in :49, 40 for the same distance. Jockey Declan Carroll was on board for both jobs.
“I was very happy with both,” Casse’s assistant David Carroll said. “They both arrived Friday from Ocala and rode yesterday. I just wanted to give them an idea of the track.
Both colts returned to Keeneland, where they trained here last spring before making their racing debuts.
For Breeze Easy’s Volcanic, Sunday’s work was his fifth since a third-place finish in the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 12. Adam Beschizza must ride on Saturday.
The Conrad Farms Golden Glider had his second job since finishing fourth in the South Tampa Bay (G2) Lambholm Derby on March 12. five eighths and 1:16.60 for three quarters. Ricardo Santana Jr. has Toyota Blue Grass support, according to Carroll.
Next at 7.30am after the first renovation break was Grantham from Three Diamonds Farm, who worked a half mile with an unheard of 3-year-old in: 48.60 for trainer Mike Maker.
“I think he did well,” Maker said of Grantham, who arrived here a few days ago from Gulfstream Park.
Second in the Tampa Bay Derby, Grantham will be ridden in the Toyota Blue Grass by Tyler Gaffalione, Maker said.
After the second renovation break at 9am, El Camino Real Derby winner Blackadder worked five furlongs alongside five-year-old allowance winner Cibolian in a time of 1:02.80 with Adam Beschizza aboard for the trainer Rodolphe Brisset.
The job was the second at Keeneland for Blackadder after being transferred to Brisset. “He did what we wanted, and hopefully that sets him up for Saturday,” said Brisset’s wife, Brooke, who oversaw the work.
Brisset is due to return to Lexington on Sunday afternoon following Yuugiri’s victory in Saturday’s Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park.