The old-timer Musketier successfully defended his title in the Elkhorn Stakes on Friday's closing-day card at Keeneland by rallying from sixth in the final quarter-mile to take the Grade 2, $150,000 grass stakes for the second straight year.
Jaycito was not among the six 3-year-olds entered to run Saturday at Keeneland in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, but trainer Bob Baffert said he is hopeful the colt still will be able to run in the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Proviso has developed into one of the leading female turf runners in the country. She has won three straight Grade 1 races and will go for a fourth Saturday, when she heads a field of nine in the $400,000 First Lady at Keeneland.
Closing day at Keeneland on Friday turned into old-timers day, as Musketier, a relative youngster of 8, beat 9-year-old Brass Hat to take the Grade 2, $200,000 Elkhorn Stakes for long-distance grass runners.
Aikenite, who beat only one horse in the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, will not press forward and run in the Kentucky Derby, Cot Campbell, who runs the Dogwood Farms partnership which owns Aikenite, said Monday.
Hold Me Back and Square Eddie, who turned in promising but losing efforts in Keeneland's major prep races for the Kentucky Derby, both had their final works for the 135th Derby on a warm Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
Advice was the winner of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, but it was third-place finisher Square Eddie who was the revelation in his first start since suffering a minor fracture in February.
Justwhistledixie, who has emerged as the likely second choice to Rachel Alexandra in the Kentucky Oaks, worked five furlongs in 1:00 with her Kiaran McLaughlin-trained stablemate Fitz Just Right on Friday morning at Keeneland.
Keeneland Race Course on Friday became the second track announced as fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance, joining Churchill Downs, which was accredited last week.
The presence of both Pioneerof the Nile and The Pamplemousse in the Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4 is causing trainer Todd Pletcher to re-route Take the Points to the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 11.
Jockey Edgar Prado on Wednesday chose to ride Adriano, the winner of the Lane's End Stakes, in the May 3 Kentucky Derby instead of Monba, on whom Prado won the Blue Grass Stakes last Saturday at Keeneland.
There are 12 horses entered in the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, and while they range in ability from one of the elite contenders for the Kentucky Derby to several starry-eyed dreamers, all is not what it may seem on paper.