Saturday, April 8, 2017

Irap Takes Blue Grass at 31-1

Irap, at 31-1, shook up the  list of  Kentucky Derby contenders by winning the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday.

Irap, trained by  Doug O'Neill,  came into the race as a maiden.  He tracked early  leader Wild Shot, and took the lead  coming out of   the final turn.

With Julien Leparoux  riding, Irap held off Practical Joke to win by a half length.  He won in 1:50.91 for 1 1/8 miles on the track listed as fast.

McCrakem,  the favorite who was  previously unbeaten came  in third.

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