Saturday’s running of
the 2013 Coolmore Lexington Stakes is one of the final prep races for the
Kentucky Derby, and there is a minimal point distribution, for any horse that
might be jockeying for position to get into the Derby. Also an interesting note is that a filly,
Pure Fun, has drawn into the race, and has been awarded the favorite’s
role. Out of the field of eleven, only
three of the horses has any synthetic experience. This race looks to be a handicapping
enigma. Most likely some of these horses
might be appearing in the Preakness Stakes.
For now, let’s look at the field:
Cause(5-1, Tr. Todd Pletcher; Jy. Julien Leparoux) Whenever you mention the name, Todd
Pletcher, a 3-year-old horse can be almost guaranteed a favorite’s role on the
way to the Derby. Though Triple
Crown-nominated, he hasn’t achieved much, with the exception of going 2-for-2
at Keeneland. Best synthetic experience among the
Of The Litter(6-1, Tr. Dale Romans; Jy. Jesus Castanon) Shipping in from only track he’s ever
known, Gulfstream. Last race was in the
Florida Derby, but his race was nondescript.
Rocks(12-1, Tr. Wayne Catalano; Jy. James Graham) Also shipping in from Gulfstream, his last
effort was his first going two turns(1 1/16 miles). This race had him being bumped at the start,
which might of compromised his race, costing him the victory as the favorite,
finishing as the runner-up. If this can
be regarded as an excuse, he would be of good longshot value.
Four Sixtynine(50-1, Tr. Bobby Barnett; Jy. Gabriel Saez) Took seven races to break his maiden, and
then he immediately graduated to two-turns, taking on Revolutionary in the
Louisiana Derby. Was up front in the
beginning, but backed up severely. Pass.
Dominic(20-1, Tr. Michael Trombetta; Jy. Edgar Prado) Shipping in from only track he’s ever
known, Laurel Park. Last race was his
first going two-turns(1 1/16 miles), in the Private Terms(ungraded). He captured the lead at the head of the
stretch, but backed up to fourth.
Getting blinkers for this race.
Maybe equipment change could step up performance?
Tr. Michael Maker; Jy. Gary Stevens) Sunbean
ships in from Fair Grounds, and acquires the services of legendary Gary
Stevens. His last effort in the
Louisiana Derby had him being blocked, and steadied. Excuse is legit. Just don’t know if that’s reason to jump on
Tr. Thomas Proctor; Jy. Garrett Gomez) Lightly-raced
colt makes his fourth start, and tries synthetic for the first time. He’s 2-for-2 for 2013, and is shipping in
from Santa Anita. Can’t read much into
Tr. Graham Motion; Jy. Joel Rosario) Finished
6th in the Fountain Of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream last out, chasing
Orb. Laid off two months, and now
returns in this contest. Motion looks to
be without a Derby horse, but, maybe he’s gearing up for the Preakness. Rosario rode him early in his career, and now
returns. Layoff prior to this race seems
to put up a warning flag?
Of Fortune(20-1, Tr. Michael Maker; Jy. Calvin Borel) Triple Crown-nominee is
lightly-raced(three races). Shipping in
from Fair Grounds, which like several others, is the only track he’s raced
over. Puts in a bullet work. Maybe that’s an indicator he’s ready?
10 General Election(15-1, Tr. Kellyn Gorder;
Jy. Joseph Rocco, Jr) General
Election won the prep race to the Spiral Stakes, but ran up the track in the
Spiral. Trainer is unknown, but must
have some ability, for WinStar Farms to side with this one. Does have synthetic experience from Turfway.
11 Pure Fun(7-2, Tr. Kenneth McPeek; Jy. Rosie
Napravnik) Filly comes into this
race, with connections prematurely thinking that they might not make the
Kentucky Oaks. Recent defection from
that field makes her an entrant. Still,
they will try this race for conditioning purposes up to the Oaks(possibly). This will be only her second start of 2013
for a good trainer/jockey combo.
The lukewarm pick will be #2 Pick of the
Litter. Let’s go with $20 win, and a $3
exacta box of #2, #3 River Rocks(throw out last race due to bump), #5 Where’s
Dominic(equipment change) & #8 Cerro(like trainer). Total bet- $56.