Fields set for Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland

The two races are part of Keeneland’s five-day Summer Meet from July 8-12.

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LEXINGTON, KY (Keeneland PR) – Post positions for Saturday’s 96th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and 83rd running of the Central Bank Ashland (G1) were drawn today at Keeneland. The two races are part of Keeneland’s five-day Summer Meet from July 8-12  

 

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$600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2), 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles
Weight: Males: 123 lbs./Swiss Skydiver: 118 lbs. * Post time: 5:30 p.m. ET

Note about fillies in the Toyota Blue Grass: Multiple graded stakes winner Swiss Skydiver is scheduled to become the second filly to run in the race since it debuted at Keeneland during the track’s inaugural Spring Meet in April 1937. The first is Hyman Friedberg’s homebred Harriet Sue, who in 1944 won the Ashland and next was fifth to Skytracer in the Blue Grass. That year, Keeneland’s Spring Meet was held at Churchill Downs.

In 1948, future Hall of Famer Bewitch was scratched from the Blue Grass.

Note about sponsor: This year’s Toyota Blue Grass marks the 25th year the race has been sponsored by Toyota.

$400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles
Weight: 121 lbs. * Post time: 4:24 p.m.

Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland are classic preps: For 3-year-olds, the Toyota Blue Grass and the Central Bank Ashland are respective major preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) on Sept. 5 and Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Sept. 4. The Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland both carry 170 qualifying points for the Derby and Oaks on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the first four finishers.

Saturday’s card: Ten races begin at 1:05 p.m.

Saturday graded stakes lineup: Six graded stakes are worth a total of $1.9 million.

Race 4 (2:45 p.m.)        $150,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association

Race 5 (3:18 p.m.)        $250,000 Madison (G1)

Race 6 (3:51 p.m.)        $150,000 Shakertown (G2)

Race 7 (4:24 p.m.)        $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1)

Race 8 (4:57 p.m.)        $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1)

Race 9 (5:30 p.m.)        $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2)

Saturday wagering: $500,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Five and $500,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Four.

How to watch Summer Meet: TVG’s live, on-site coverage begins at 1 p.m. Races are streamed live and at no charge on Keeneland.com, KeenelandSelect,Keeneland Race Day mobile app and Keeneland’s Facebook Live and YouTube.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com