With the Triple Crown season on the horizon, all eyes will be on Keeneland Race Course on Saturday evening for the 2013 Blue Grass Stakes, where Uncaptured will be the odds-on favorite to win the 1 1/8-mile showdown.
Last year's Blue Grass Stakes winner, Dullahan, went on to place third at the 2012 Kentucky Derby, proving that this event breeds contenders.
So, who will emerge this weekend?
Here, we'll get you set for Saturday's much-anticipated Kentucky Derby warm-up race in Lexington.
Where: Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, Ky.
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Post Time: 5:40 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Post Positions, Field and Odds
|2||My Name Is Michael||15-1|
|11||Balance the Books||15-1|
|12||West Hills Giant||20-1|
|14||Fear the Kitten||30-1|
*Odds according to Claire Novak via ESPN.com.
Saturday's race should come down to three horses: Uncaptured, Java's War and Rydilluc. While Uncaptured is the odds-on favorite to win this weekend, I like Rydilluc to pull off the upset.
Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who has won the Blue Grass Stakes twice in his career, the Palm Beach Stakes winner and winner of all three of his last races certainly has what it takes to upend his fellow three-year-old on the synthetic at Keeneland.
Rydilluc's trainer, Gary Contessa, is certainly confident in his horse's chances this weekend (h/t Claire Novak of ESPN.com):
The race is on April 13, 2013, and I was born on the 13th [of October]. I'm not superstitious but it's not a bad post, it's a great post. He has been training phenomenal, and I'm really happy with how he's training on the Poly. I've been doing this 30 years and I still haven't figured out Polytrack, so we'll see what happens.
Behind Rydilluc, I look for Uncaptured and Java's War to finish second and third. If Uncaptured doesn't finish towards the top, it would be an incredible shock given his experience and ability to win (via Equibase).
Java's War is certainly a horse to keep an eye on as well. He finished second behind Verrazano at the Tampa Bay Derby last month and surely won't be intimidated by this racing surface or the competition.
If you're searching for a couple of dark horses, look no further than Dynamic Sky and Palace Malice. With 10-1 and 8-1 odds, respectively, each could steal the show on Saturday. Dynamic Sky, who won the Pasco Stakes last January, will start from post No. 1, where he'll most likely get out to an early lead.
Meanwhile, Palace Malice is coming off a seventh-place finish at the Louisiana Derby two weeks ago. He will start from post No. 5 and be ridden by jockey Garrett Gomez, who won this race back in 2006 atop Sinister Minister.
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