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Toyota Blue Grass Stakes


The Cliff's Edge

The Cliff's Edge winner of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

Cindy Pierson Dulay
At Keeneland, eight went to post (after the scratch of Birdstone) in the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes. 9-10 favorite Lion Heart and 6-1 third choice Limehouse battled on the front end for the first six furlongs, through fractions of 23.70, 46.60, and 1:11.12. On the far turn, Shane Sellers angled 5-1 shot The Cliff’s Edge three wide after settling back in seventh early on. Down the stretch, The Cliff’s Edge rallied strongly, passing Limehouse a furlong out and then just getting up to defeat Lion Heart by 1/2 a length in 1:49.42 over a fast track. It was six widening lengths back to the tiring Limehouse in third. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Action This Day was a disappointing sixth. Ironically, early in the year it seemed that the Triple Crown was all Nick Zito, since at the time he had three top contenders. Now at this late stage, The Cliff’s Edge is the only one of his horses to win a prep and possibly his only Kentucky Derby entrant if Birdstone doesn't recover quickly enough.
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Winning jockey Shane Sellers said, "I wasn't going to take his game away from him today regardless of how the track was playing. We were in perfect position down the backstretch. It went just the way I thought it would. I knew there was some pace in the race so I was happy with my position. I waited a little longer than I ordinarily would have because I wanted him to have a big kick. The other horse dug in when we came to him but we were able to draw away at the end."

Winning trainer Nick Zito said, “Shane gave the horse a tremendous ride. He's one of the best jockeys ever. I'm very emotional right now. Lion Heart is a very talented horse. I don't think he quit, I think Cliff just beat him."

Patrick Biancone of beaten favorite and second place finisher Lion Heart said, "He ran a great race. He ran very brave and he fought hard. I'm pretty happy. It's good. We are here, we are in good shape and just have to cross our fingers for the next three weeks hope nothing happens to him. This horse fights. The main thing is that he has tactical speed that we can control now. He really relaxed in the paddock and wasn't scared of the crowd. Mike (Smith) said he should be good for the Derby."

Richard Mandella, trainer of Action This Day, said, "I am disappointed. I thought he was going to pick it up. I have no excuses. He is not running the way he did as a two-year-old and I don't know why. I will go on to Louisville and see what happens."

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