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Start of Blue Grass Stakes, 1949

Posted on April 8, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Only four horses competed in the 1949 Blue Grass Stakes on March 28 at Keeneland Race Course. Leaving the starting gate were, from left, Old Rockport, with Gordon Glisson up; Johns Joy, with Johnny Longden up; Halt, the eventual winner, with Conn McCreary in the saddle; and Wine List, with Toddy Atkinson up. Woodvale Farm’s lightly regarded Halt came from far back to nip Johns Joy at the wire to win the $20,000-added Blue Grass Stakes. Halt, trained by Woody Stephens, went on to place fifth in the Kentucky Derby the following weekend. The 93rd running of the annual stakes race now called the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes will be held Saturday afternoon at Keeneland. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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