Unbeaten Essential Quality is the 3-5 Blue Grass favorite
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Unbeaten Essential Quality is the 3-5 morning line favorite and will start from the No. 4 post for the $800,000 Blue Grass at Keeneland race course.
The Brad Cox-trained, Eclipse Award-winning colt, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Breeders' Futurity last fall at Keeneland, is 4-0 lifetime including a 4¼-length win in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oakland on Feb. 27. Highly Motivated will start Saturday's nine-horse, Grade 2 race for 3-year-olds beside Essential Quality as the 7-2 second choice from the No. 3 post. Untreated and Keepmeinmind are the 8-1 third choices from the Nos. 2 and 9 posts respectively.
The 1 1/8-mile race awards 100, 40, 20 and 10 points respectively for the top four for the May 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The top 20 points earners during the racing season qualify for the Derby.
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