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Castaway Gets Derby Audition in Lexington

Castaway Southwest
Photo: Coady Photography

A well-matched field of 11 3-year-olds was entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 31st running of the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Coolmore Lexington is one of three graded stakes remaining prior to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) for horses to earn enough money to be among the top 20 earners to make the starting gate May 5.

 

The Coolmore Lexington, won last year by Derby Kitten, is carded as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

 

Headlining the field is Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Castaway. Trained by Bob Baffert, Castaway won the Southwest (G3) in his stakes debut at Oaklawn Park by 3¾ lengths before finishing seventh in the Sunland Derby (G3) in his most recent start. Shaun Bridgmohan has the mount for the first time on Castaway, who will break from post position seven.

 

Three other horses who had solid graded-stakes debuts figure to draw support at the mutual windows from the public.

 

Tom and Jack Conway and Trey Thornton and Gary Carter’s Morgan’s Guerrilla enters the Coolmore Lexington off a runner-up finish April 7 in the Illinois Derby (G3). Trainer by Mike Maker, Morgan’s Guerrilla will break from post position one and be ridden by Julien Leparoux.

 

Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s News Pending finished second to Union Rags in the Fountain of Youth (G2) in his stakes debut and ran seventh in the Florida Derby (G1) in his most recent start. Trained by Dale Romans, News Pending will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux and break from post position 10.

 

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket finished second in his most recent start, the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). Trained by Ken McPeek, Golden Ticket will be ridden by Manny Cruz and break from post position five.

 

The field for the Coolmore Lexington, from the inside out, is as follows:  Morgan’s Guerrilla (Leparoux, 118 pounds), Summer Front (Ramon Dominguez, 120), Johannesbourbon (Garrett Gomez, 118), Skyring (Jon Court, 118), Golden Ticket (Cruz, 118), Holiday Promise (Junior Alvarado, 118), Castaway (Bridgmohan, 120), Hammers Terror (Robby Albarado, 118), All Squared Away (Julio Garcia, 118), News Pending (Desormeaux, 118) and Gold Megillah (John Velazquez, 118).   

 

 

 

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I agree with you, icy, about not being able to ignore the speed of the 3. I've followed the 2 since before he started as he was one of those tried out without the L(but has since sadly added it.) Turf to dirt has paid off for me before, this time it's 5 mos. later for him. Then the 7 that can go ahead and use whatever speed he's got in this shorter race. Since we don't have much to go on with the 2, why not have another one up front? Finally the 6, at least consistent,has been this distance and should be around to close.
I like the #2, just not today as I don't think he is anywhere close to form. #7 shows a classic performance prior to a big run today. #6 should improve and I do like Went The Day Well in the KD mix so he's logical. #3 is he just good or great, that last race was really a lot better than a 95 spd figure that's why I don't pay attention to sp figures as they are so subjective.That was a very good horse he beat who was going off at 1/5 by 10 lengths and he beat the rest by 10 lengths.A 1:16.4 at TP that's a big run.
and the last 3 Blue Grass and this years Ashland. Notice a trend?
icy, a turf colt won last year's Lexington.
holiday promise megillah guerilla................
Holiday Promise ran a nice second to Went the Day Well who I liked till I watched the monster, that was no fluke he'll get better with time as in KD
Last race was an aberration for the #7, toss. Dominguez came back to fast.#2 how does turf translate to Keeneland?
Megillah Guerilla,oldie but goodie- meant wires aren't.Bred perfectly for that distance. Johannesburg was a nice horse, if he passes anything down like he did to Scat Daddy looking at a horse for this distance in Johannesbourbon
lol, amberflash. The kiddies won't know that cartoon.
Got it picked this way, icy: 2,3,7,6. Putting the maiden winner ahead of a stakes winner in Castaway, but the one race wonder is fast.
On paper Johannesbourbon looks to improve vastly. Wires are the usual at K but who's going to stop him.
Come on Castaway - my only Derby future bet left...
Thinking Holiday Promise and News Pending have solid shots in here. Wide open race.
If John Velasquez and Julien Leparoux are 1-2, does that make it a Megillah Guerilla exacta?
Hmmm I might be able to pick up extra points here for my RTTR in Castaway and News Pending...might.
I kind of like Morgan's Guerilla

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