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Keeneland Library Morgan Collection - Whirlaway, E. Arcaro up, wins Kentucky Derby 05.03.1941.tif
Whirlaway with Eddie Arcaro up wins the 1941 Kentucky Derby by eight lengths. An eventual Hall of Famer, Whirlaway earned back-to-back Horse of the Year titles in 1941 and 1942.

Keeneland Association - Riva Ridge, Ron Turcotte up, in winner's circle with Penny Chenery, Lucien Laurin, and Eddie Sweat, Blue Grass Stakes 1972.tif
1972 Blue Grass winner Riva Ridge in the winner’s circle with owner Penny Chenery, trainer Lucien Laurin, and groom Eddie Sweat. A Triple Crown hopeful, Riva Ridge won the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes but could not take the Preakness on a…

Tony Leonard - Spectacular Bid, R.A. Smith up, Groom Herman Hall, Trainer Grover G (Bud) Delp, before 1979 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.tif
The sensational Spectacular Bid, with groom Herman Hall and trainer Bud Delp at Keeneland in April 1979.

The heavily favored colt was piloted by Ronnie Franklin to an impressive 7-length victory over Lot o’ Gold in the 1979 Blue Grass Stakes. The…

Keeneland Library Meadors Collection - Ramon Cerda on Northern Dancer working out at Keeneland April 16 1964.jpg
This photo captures 1964 Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, 1964 Canadian Horse of the Year, and future influential sire and Racing Hall of Famer Northern Dancer at Keeneland during a workout under Ramon Cerda before claiming the Blue Grass Stakes,…

Philippe Roca Photo - Strike the Gold, Chris Antley up, racing Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland 1991.jpg
Strike the Gold, Chris Antley up, nearing the finish line to secure the jockey's single Blue Grass Stakes win in 1991. Strike the Gold finished second in the Florida Derby in March before his impressive performance in the Blue Grass, setting the colt…

Keeneland Library TT Collection Ed Weddle Photo - Lucky Debonair, William Billy Shoemaker up, Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland 1965.jpg
Lucky Debonair was the third consecutive runner to claim the Kentucky Derby after securing a Blue Grass win. The betting favorite, piloted by Bill Shoemaker (up), bested Swift Ruler by 1/2 length. Shoemaker’s Derby victory the following week was the…

Keeneland Library Meadors Collection - Chateaugay, Braulio Baeza up, Blue Grass Stakes 1963.tiff
This photograph features Chateaugay, Braulio Baeza up, at the 1963 Blue Grass Stakes.

One of 11 Blue Grass winners to also notch Kentucky Derby victories, Chateaugay won the 1963 Blue Grass Stakes by a head for Darby Dan Farm. Trained by James P.…

Keeneland Library Featherston Collection - Tomy Lee, pre Blue Grass Stakes, 1959.tif
This photograph shows Tomy Lee in Keeneland’s paddock before the Blue Grass in 1959. Bred in England and owned by Texans Fred Turner Jr. and his wife Juliette, Tomy Lee, piloted by Bill Shoemaker, broke a track record in Keeneland’s Forerunner Stakes…

Keeneland Association - Northern Dancer with trainer Horatio Luro, prepping for Blue Grass Stakes 1964.tif
Northern Dancer, with Racing Hall of Fame trainer Horatio Luro, at Keeneland in April 1964.

Northern Dancer swept the 1964 Flamingo Stakes, Florida Derby, and Blue Grass Stakes en route to the Kentucky Derby. He won the 1964 Derby by a neck under…

Keeneland Library TT Collection - Shut Out, Eddie Arcaro up, Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland 1942.jpg
This photograph showcases racing Hall of Famer Eddie Arcaro on Shut Out after their 1942 Blue Grass win. On the heels of his success in Keeneland’s Triple Crown prep race, Shut Out claimed the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes before securing his…
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