LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bolshoi Boy, a nonstakes winner but second to Badger Land in the Flamingo and to Country Light in the Louisiana Derby in his last two starts, has drawn the outside post position and has been made a 3-1 favorite in Thursday's $200,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
The 1 1/8-mile Blue Grass is the last major race for 3-year-olds under consideration for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3.
Although 10 winners of the Blue Grass have gone on to finish first in the Derby, the last horse to win both races was Spectacular Bid in 1979.
Twelves horses were entered Tuesday for the Blue Grass. All will carry 121 pounds. The field, in post-position order:
Son of the Desert, to be ridden by Harvey Puckett; Bachelor Beau, Larry Melanchon; The Flats, Jerry Bailey; Pillaster, Jose Santos; Strong Performance, Jean-Luc Samyn; Major Moran, Don Brumfield; Big Play, Gary Stevens; Blandford Park, Charles Woods; Blue Buckaroo, Earlie Fires; Icy Groom, Eddie Delahoussaye; Bold Arrangement, Pat Eddery, and Bolshoi Boy, Richard Migliore.