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Thursday, April 11, 2013

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown: Arkansas Derby and Blue Grass Stakes

Welcome to the ninth edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, a weekly look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video, free PPs and more for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland Race Course and $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park on April 13. Following are two video previews of both races:

Triple Crown Insider: Arkansas Derby and Blue Grass Video PreviewThe Blood-Horse

That Handicapping Show: Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas DerbyThe Blood-Horse

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email hj@hbpa.org. You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) * Oaklawn Park * 4/13 * Approx. Post - 5:28 pm CT

Arkansas Derby: Falling Sky's top rivals draw far-outside postsDaily Racing Form

Road to the Kentucky Derby Video Preview of Arkansas Derby – KentuckyDerby.com

Trainer Danele Durham talks with HRTV about Texas Bling in the Arkansas Derby - HRTV

War Academy 2-1 Favorite in Arkansas DerbyThe Blood-Horse

Arkansas Derby Draws Calvin Borel aboard Texas Bling – Sporting Life Arkansas

Arkansas Derby: Scramble for points lures horses from coast to coastDaily Racing Form

Arkansas Derby Video PreviewDaily Racing Form

Oaklawn Park News and Notes – Oaklawn Park

$750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) * Keeneland Race Course * 4/13 * Approx. Post - 5:40 pm ET

Trainer Gary Contessa discusses Blue Grass Stakes contender RydillucThe Blood-Horse

Contessa on Rydilluc: He's One Bad HombreThe Blood-Horse

Unlocking Winners with Pete Denk: Handicapping the Blue GrassThe Blood-Horse

Wide Open Blue Grass Full of Twists and Turns – The Downey Profile

Keeneland News and Notes – Keeneland Race Course

Blue Grass Stakes: Top two finishers will earn ticket to Kentucky DerbyDaily Racing Form

Oxleys hoping Cards karma spills over to Uncaptured in Blue GrassLouisville Courier-Journal

Wild in the paddock, Blue Grass Stakes hopeful Rydilluc all business on the trackLexington Herald-Leader

Blue Grass Stakes Video PreviewDaily Racing Form

Norm Casse, assistant trainer for Uncaptured and Dynamic Sky, talks about their prospects in the Blue GrassThe Blood-Horse

Uncaptured Favored in 14-Horse Blue GrassThe Blood-Horse

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values - KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard - KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info - KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers - KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders - KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 - DailyRacingForm.com

Free Feature Portfolio with Pedigree and Dam Info on Top 3YO Horses - equineline.com

The Paulick Report's Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams - PaulickReport.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen - BloodHorse.com

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