Java's War broke poorly from the starting gate and raced at the very back of the field through the first half mile but made a strong move down the center of the track to pass Palace Malice in the final strides to win the Grade 1 Blue Grass at Keenaland. Charming Kitten finished third while Rydilluc held on for fourth.
Post time favorite Rydilluc stalked the early speed of Uncaptured, took command of the race on the far turn, but weakened as Palace Malice confronted him in mid-stretch. Palace Malice, a troubled-filled seventh in last month's Louisiana Derby, looked like a certain winner until Java's War came from out of the clouds for the victory.
Java's War is a three-year-old colt by War Pass out of a Rainbow Quest mare (Java (GB)), trained by Ken McPeek and ridden by Julien Leparoux.
Earlier on the Keeneland Saturday card:
- Centre Court powered past pacesetter Daisy Devine to win the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley.
- Last Full Measure shocked the Grade 1 Vinery Madison at odds of 18/1.
- Havelock made a big move along the rail to win the Grade 3 Shakertown.
- And Handsome Mike won the Grade 3 Commonwealth.
Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits from the Blue Grass Stakes:
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