Good Magic''s stretch-run surge wins Blue Grass at Keeneland

4/7/2018 4:31:27 PM

Good Magic overtook Flameaway entering the stretch to win the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes by 1+ lengths at Keeneland and earn 100 points toward qualifying for next month"s Kentucky Derby.

Good Magic, last year"s 2-year-old champion and the 8-5 favorite, waited through a far-turn battle between Flameaway and Arawak before taking control and winning the Grade 2 race Saturday.

Trained by Chad Brown, Good Magic earned his first victory since last fall"s Breeders" Cup Juvenile at Del Mar and his second in five career starts.

Under jockey Jose Ortiz, Good Magic covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.18 and paid $5.20, $3.60 and $2.80.

Flameaway returned $5 and $3.80 and earned 40 points. The stewards disqualified Sporting Chance from third to fourth and moved Free Drop Billy up to third after he was forced wide by Sporting Chance in the stretch.

Free Drop Billy returned $3.60 to show and earned 20 points, while Sporting Chance got 10 points for fourth.


Vino Rosso survived a stewards" inquiry to win the $1 million Wood Memorial and earn 100 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by John Velazquez, Vino Rosso ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.79 at Aqueduct on Saturday for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Vino Rosso and Enticed hooked up at the top of the stretch and dueled until Vino Rosso pulled away nearing the finish.

It appeared that Vino Rosso came over and bumped Enticed along the rail hard twice in the stretch. That prompted the stewards" inquiry and an objection but after video review, there was no change to the order of finish.

Sent off at 4-1 odds, Vino Rosso paid $10.40, $4.40 and $3.40.

Enticed returned $2.90 and $2.40, while Restoring Hope, trained by Bob Baffert, paid $3.30 to show.