Special Fans Cheer for Vinceremos; “He runs for us.”
Special Fans Cheer for Vinceremos; “He runs for us.”: The 90th running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 and is the centerpiece of the fifteen-day Keeneland spring meet in Lexington, Kentucky. The 1 1/8 mile $750,000 GI Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on the “all weather track” is a major qualifier for the 2014 Kentucky Derby. A total of 170 Kentucky Derby leader board points will be awarded for the 2014 Blue Grass Stakes separating fourteen Derby hopefuls into only a few true Derby contenders. Vinceremos brings the magic to the Blue Grass Stakes for many fans as his name gains Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center attention and raises public awareness of the benefits of Hippotherapy.
Vinceremos, who we highlighted in a heartfelt story on March 5, 2014 on how the colt’s name brought awareness to Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, will break from post position #12 with regular jockey Edgar Prado in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. The three-year-old colt that is co-owned by WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables is currently two-for-four finishing second last out in the 2014 Tampa Bay Derby (GII) behind Ring Weekend and jockey Daniel Centeno. Prior to that Vinceremos won the Sam F. Davis Stakes on February 1st at Tampa bay Downs and a Maiden Special Weight on January 4th at Gulfstream Park.
The Todd Pletcher trained colt has gained many fans over the past few weeks that will surely be rooting for Vinceremos all the way down the Kentucky Derby Trail. Vinceremos is currently in 19th place on the 2014 Kentucky Derby leader board with a total of 20 points.
Adison, a student at Vinceremos Riding Center, and her mother Aimee Tompkins had the opportunity to meet Vinceremos at Palm Meadows Training Center thanks to WinStar Farm and Todd Pletcher (see photos and story). Aimee said, “Adison and I are so excited for Saturday’s Blue Grass Stakes with Vinceremos.”
Aimee will surely tune in to the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday to root for Adison’s new friend. Aimee added, “It was truly an amazing experience meeting Vinceremos. He was so gentle with Adison but you could see the determination in his eyes and feel the softness in his heart.”
Lee Syben, who is on the board of directors for Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, is ready to watch Vinceremos the colt give it his all on Saturday in the Blue Grass Stakes stating, “I’m so excited and delighted Vinceremos is racing on Saturday. It’s extremely flattering that he was named after the riding center. Our mission is to raise awareness with the public and gain attention to the center and others like ours that provide Hippotherapy.”
Hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. Lee Syben stated, “Hippotherapy is extremely beneficial to people with mental and physical challenges.”
Regarding Vinceremos racing in the Blue Grass Stakes Lee Syben said, “My money is on Vinceremos! He runs for us.”
Randy Gullatt, manager of Twin Creeks Racing Stables and co-owner of Vinceremos, is comfortable with the colt’s 12th post position in the 2014 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes stating, “He’s a horse that always wants to put himself into the race. He actually wants to be more forwardly placed than we would like for him to be, so I don’t think post position is a big deal with this horse. Obviously, you’d hate to be four- or five-wide in the first turn but that’s most likely the case. It is what is. I think he’ll be fine.”
Lady and The Track wishes WinStar Farm, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, Edgar Prado, Todd Pletcher, and the beautiful Vinceremos the best of luck in the 2014 Blue Grass Stakes.
The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes is the 11th race of the day with a 5:45 PM post time. Keeneland is hosting many great events this weekend including a meet and greet with the talented hat designer Christine A. Moore. Be sure to check out the calendar at Keeneland.com for additional information.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes 2014 Post Positions & Odds
1 Asserting Bear 15-1 Wilson/Baker
2 Extrasexyhippzster 15-1 Pimentel/Trombetta
3 Pablo Del Monte 12-1 Espinoza/Ward
4 Harry’s Holiday 10-1 Napravnik/Maker
5 Bobby’s Kitten 3-1 Castellano/Brown
6 Coltimus Prime 20-1 Garcia/Nixon
7 Casiguapo 30-1 Maragh/Morales
8 Dance With Fate 12-1 Nakatani/Eurton
9 Big Bazinga 20-1 Hernandez, Jr./Vassilieva
10 So Lonesome 50-1 Rocco, Jr./Bush
11 Coastline 8-1 Elliott/Casse
12 Vinceremos 8-1
Prado/Pletcher UPDATE: Julien Leparoux to ride Vinceremos after Prado injured.
13 Medal Count 9-2 Albarado/Romans
14 Gala Award 5-1 Velazquez/Pletcher
ALSO ENTERED: 15 Divine Oath Leparoux/Pletcher