Art Collector claimed the top prize at Keeneland’s 2020 Summer Meet by winning the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
Trained by Tom Drury and ridden by Brian Gernandez Jr., Art Collector had some ground to cover entering the homestretch. Running second to the superstar filly, Swiss Skydiver, Art Collector took control at the sixteenth pole and strolled home to win by three lengths.
What a performance by ART COLLECTOR in the G2 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes @KeenelandRacing! Fantastic effort by Swiss Skydiver to finish 2nd. Congrats to connections rider @b_hernandezjr, Trainer Thomas Drury, Jr. and Owner Bruce Lunsford!@SpendthriftFarm #RoadtoTheDerby pic.twitter.com/b8XsPKyjbC
— TVG (@TVG) July 11, 2020
The win gives Art Collector 100 Road to Kentucky Derby points, securing a spot in the gate for the first Saturday in September. A horse that started its career on turf, it has now won its last four races on dirt.
Swiss Skydiver’s second-place finish is worth 40 points, enough to give the filly a shot at the Derby if Kenny McPeek does not run her in the Kentucky Oaks. Javier Castellano ran Rushie to a third-place finish.