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).