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Alydar wins Blue Grass Stakes, 1978

Posted on April 7, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Alydar with Jorge Valasquez up ran away from the field coming down the stretch to win the Blue Grass Stakes by 13 lengths on April 27, 1978 at Keeneland. The chestnut colt was bred just down the road from Keeneland at Calumet Farm. The Blue Grass Stakes win set up a meeting with his west coast rival Affirmed in the 104th Kentucky Derby. Alydar went on to finish a close second to Affirmed in all three Triple Crown races. The 94th running of what is now the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes takes place this afternoon at Keeneland Race Course. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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