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Pure Fun Faces Boys in Lexington

Magdalena Racing’s Pure Fun, seeking to pick up qualifying points for the 139th Kentucky Oaks (G1), will take on 10 males in Saturday’s 32nd running of the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

The Coolmore Lexington will go 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.

A total of 34 points toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by YUM! Brands (G1) (20-8-4-2) is available in the Coolmore Lexington, and those points also can be applied to the Kentucky Oaks. Pure Fun has 20 points toward the Oaks, which is right on the cutoff line for the Oaks that is limited to 14 starters.

Trained by Ken McPeek, Pure Fun closed her 2012 campaign with a victory in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (G1). In her 2013 debut, the daughter of Pure Prize finished third in the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) on March 23 at Turfway Park.

Rosie Napravnik will have the riding assignment Saturday on Pure Fun, who will break from post position 11.

Not only could Pure Fun earn a spot in the Oaks, a position in the Kentucky Derby starting gate also may be available to the winner.

The Kentucky Derby is limited to the top 20 point-earners who pass the entry box and the current cut line is 20 points. Three horses have 20 points and the tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes races.

The Coolmore Lexington winner would earn $120,000 and move past Code West ($90,000) and Tiz a Minister ($81,000) on the Derby leaderboard.

Top challengers to Pure Fun are a couple of colts who chased leading Kentucky Derby contender Orb in Florida, Cerro (IRE) and Pick of the Litter.

Team Valor International’s Cerro has not raced since finishing sixth behind Orb in the Besilu Stables’ Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2). Trained by Graham Motion, the Mr. Greeley colt will break from post position eight and be ridden by Joel Rosario.

Carolyn Vogel’s Pick of the Litter finished sixth in the Besilu Stables’ Florida Derby (G1) on March 30 in his most recent start. Trained by Dale Romans, the son of Kitten’s Joy will be ridden by Jesus Castanon and break from post position two.

Supplemented to the race was Brittlyn Stable’s Sunbean, who finished eighth in a nightmarish trip in the Louisiana derby (G2) on March 30. Now trained by Mike Maker, the Brahms colt will break from post position six under Gary Stevens.

The field for the Coolmore Lexington, from the rail out, is as follows: Winning Cause (Julien Leparoux, 118 pounds), Pick of the Litter (Castanon, 118), River Rocks (James Graham, 118), Hip Four Sixtynine (Gabriel Saez, 118), Where’s Dominic (Edgar Prado, 118), Sunbean (Stevens, 120), Examen (Garrett Gomez, 118), Cerro (IRE) (Rosario, 118), Wings of Fortune (Calvin Borel, 118), General Election (Joe Rocco Jr., 118) and Pure Fun (Napravnik, 118).

 

 

 

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No. Sorry, I'm way behind on the Sat. picks. You're doing fine--stick with that.
Wasn't at all implying you should have listened to me. Just pointing out there is a very substantial reason I play the way I play, as previously pointed out in the past.
I just wish KEE was open more throughout the year. Did I tell you KEE has been my favorite track for the past few years?
Hollendorfer is running a few at BHP. Of course everyone's catching on to that.
Every one of them. Then there's that whole having a mind of my own thing that I just can't get past.
No clue. I've been out of the loop all week. Trying to catch up on the latest and see if I want to play anything this weekend or go spend some more time with the family.
Obviously never listened to a word I said in the past.
I figured you had that. Maybe Winning Cause will make the Derby afterall? What's the latest on that? Nice job w/the place horse, too.
I figured you had that. Maybe Winning Cause will make the Derby afterall? What's the latest on that? Nice job w/the place horse, too.
Thanks, Cause. Had it for a dollar. Most I box for a super is 5, and then it's for a dime and i punch the button twice so really for 20 cents. Never boxed 7 for a super in my life. But if you do the math, if you listened to me, you could have boxed those exact 5 I gave out and for a dime super that would've cost you $12 and you would've gotten $1893.18. Happy handicapping, Mary.
Must have at least had that dime super. No kidding, he boxes like 7 horses :)
Totally stole the bag of chips pick for 5w after my long shot scratched--thanks.
@Sully: I saw your picks for the Lexington, followed by a note for this 34-1. I hope you decided to put it in with your other picks. That was a nice follow-up to your first note!!!!!!
Great call on General Election, wish I'd boxed him with Winning Cause
Also, don't be surprised if General Election runs big @ a nice price. Coming off much better works than he did going into the Spiral. With Rocco up, he could very well steal it.
Winning Cause; Examen; Cerro; Pick of the Litter
My trifecta is Cerro/Pure Fun/Pick Of The Litter in order. I think Cerro will outmatch Pure Fun in the end, with Pick of The Litter to pick up third.
River Rocks and Winning Cause are my bets
Where's Dominic, Pure Fun, Examen, Cerro.
Are they only running her against the boys to earn the points for the derby? Just seems weird to put her in with colts. It's not like she has been as dominant as DOJ

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