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Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes is on tap for Keeneland Race Course this Saturday, April 19 - it offers one final chance for three year olds to sneak into the Kentucky Derby in a couple weeks time. Three year old Derby hopefuls will take to Keeneland's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles looking for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse and the all-important 10 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby May 3.
11 three year olds will line up in the Lexington Stakes - race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:13 PM. Let's take a look at the past performances of all 11 entries into this important "Road to the Kentucky Derby" Grade 3 stakes.
Divine Oath - Todd Pletcher trained colt has just two career starts with two wins - an Allowance Optional Claiming and a MSW - both at Gulfstream. He sat out of the Blue Grass Stakes in favor of making his stakes debut this weekend and is expected to be the one to beat. Javier Castellano gets the call from post 6 Saturday.
Mr Speaker - Shug McGaughey trained colt has looked terrific at the end of 2013 - an impressive 10 3/4 length win in the Grade 3 Dania Beach Stakes here on December 21 and a MSW score at Belmont Park in October. Last time out was a good second in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream March 1 after a step backward - a disappointing seventh in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes here January 25 in his first start on dirt. Mr Speaker has two wins and a second in his last four starts overall and is one to keep an eye on this weekend in his Polytrack debut. He leaves from the rail with Jose Lezcano aboard.
Solitary Ranger - Wayne Catalano trainee had a career defining win in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity September 7 over Whyruawesome after a pair of seconds in his first two career starts. He stumbled to a ninth in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity in October but won two straight ahead of the important Spiral Stakes - an Allowance Optional Claiming January 5 and the minor John Battaglia Memorial by 4 3/4 lengths March 1. His graded stakes debut didn't go so well however - a ninth in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park March 22. He has three wins and two seconds in seven career starts - ultra-competitive in all starts but two. Solitary Ranger will be looking to make a statement after a poor outing and starts from gate 2 with Florent Geroux in the saddle.
Poker Player - Wayne Catalano trained colt won two straight races including the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes in October and then went on to a disappointing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Last time out was another letdown - a tenth in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes March 22 after an OK second behind Solitary Ranger in the John Battaglia Memorial March 1. Poker Player will have Stewart Elliot in the saddle from gate 4.
Lexington Stakes betting at Keeneland Race Course with OffTrackBetting.com
Supermonic - has two wins and two seconds in five career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher - the wins coming in his last two starts. Lat time out was an Allowance score on this track April 13 after breaking maiden at Penn National March 13. He makes his stakes debut Saturday but is certainly trending upward. Joel Rosario has the mount from post 10.
Ami's Holiday - Josie Carroll trained colt broke maiden at first asking an recorded win the Grade 3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine October 6. He has two minor stakes starts since - a disappointing seventh in the Coronation Stakes November 17 and an OK third last time out in the Display Stakes December 8. He makes his first start away from Woodbine Saturday with Robby Albarado in the saddle from post 7.
Ride Away - will make his stakes debut Saturday for trainer H. Graham Motion having raced five times and recorded two wins. He is coming off a fourth in an Allowance at Tampa Bay March 8 after breaking maiden at Remington Park in November in his third career starts and winning an Allowance Optional Claiming at Tampa Bay January 3. He leaves from gate 8 with Julien Leparoux guiding him.
Dynamic Impact - Mark Casse pupil makes his stakes debut Saturday after five MSW races produced a win and two second place finishes - the win coming last time out March 1 at Oaklawn Park. He takes a huge step up in competition with Alan Garcia in the reins from post 3.
Z Lucky - D. Wayne Lukas trained colt races in stakes company for the first time Saturday after five starts yielded one win and two second place finishes. Last time out was an OK second in an Allowance at Oaklawn Park after an ugly seventh in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Oaklawn Park March 16 and another second in an Allowance February 17. He broke maiden January 20 in his second career start and hopes a step up in competition won't be too much. Jon Court rides from post 5.
Morning Calm - has just three career starts - a MSW score in his debut, a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming February 7 and an eighth last time out in his stakes debut - the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes March 1 - all results at Gulfstream. Joe Rocco Jr. will be in the saddle from post 9.
Global Strike - Todd Pletcher trained colt raced in stakes company for the first time and finished sixth in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby March 23 after he finally broke maiden, finished second in his second start and a third in his debut. Irad Ortiz rides from the outside post.
Race 9 on Keeneland Race Course's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:13 PM.
|1||Mr Speaker||J. Lezcano||C. McGaughey III|
|2||Solitary Ranger||F. Geroux||W. Catalano|
|3||Dynamic Impact||A. Garcia||M. Casse|
|4||Poker Player||S. Elliott||W. Catalano|
|5||Z Lucky||J. Court||D. Lukas|
|6||Divine Oath||J. Castellano||T. Pletcher|
|7||Ami's Holiday||R. Albarado||J. Carroll|
|8||Ride Away||J. Leparoux||H. Motion|
|9||Morning Calm||J. Rocco, Jr.||M. Nihei|
|10||Supermonic||J. Rosario||T. Pletcher|
|11||Global Strike||I. Ortiz, Jr.||T. Pletcher|
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