4201 Versailles Road P.O. Box 1690
Lexington, Kentucky, 40502


Date: April 04, 15
Purse: $750,000
Grade: I
Type: Thoroughbred
Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
Age: 3 Year Olds
Turf: Polytrack

The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, currently sponsored by the Toyota Motor Corporation, is an American Grade I horse race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds held annually in mid April at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. The horses participating have to cover a distance of 9 furlongs on the Polytrack. This grade I racing event is open to three year old American bred racing horses. It currently offers a purse value of US$750,000. It was named after Bluegrass region of Kentucky, characterized by grass having bluish-green shades, which is known as the "heart" of the thoroughbred racing industry. First run at the Kentucky Association track in Lexington in 1911, the Blue Grass has, from its inception, served as an important prep race for the Kentucky Derby. At the Association track, the Blue Grass was staged from 1911 through 1914 and from 1919 through 1926. The race was revived at Keeneland in the spring of 1937. In 1943-1944, the Blue Grass was renewed as a part of the Keeneland-at-Churchill Downs meeting. In 1945, the Blue Grass was run as a part of the Churchill Downs meeting. Today it is part of the Keeneland program.

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Winners
Year Winner Age Trainer Jockey Owner Time
2013 Javas War Kenneth McPeek Julien Leparoux Charles E. Fipke 1:50.27
2012 Dullahan 3 Dale Romans Kent Desormeaux Donegal Racing 1:47.94
2011 Brilliant Speed Tom Albertrani Joel Rosario Live Oak Plantation 1:50.92
2010 Stately Victor Michael J. Maker Alan Garcia F. Thomas & Jack Conway 01:48.7
2009 General Quarters Thomas R. McCarthy Eibar Coa Thomas R. McCarthy 01:49.3
2008 Monba Todd A. Pletcher Edgar Prado Starlight Stables et al 1:49.71
2007 Dominican Darrin Miller Rafael Bejarano Silverton Hill LLC 01:51.3
2006 Sinister Minister Bob Baffert Garrett Gomez Mercedes Stable et al. 01:48.9
2005 Bandini Todd A. Pletcher John R. Velazquez Michael Tabor 01:48.9
2004 The Cliffs Edge Nick Zito Shane Sellers Robert V. LaPenta 01:49.4
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