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2015 Lexington Stakes

Lexington Stakes at Keeneland

KeenelandLet us preview this year’s Lexington Stakes for three year olds going a distance of 1 1/16 miles for a purse of $250,000. This is the last of the Kentucky Derby Points races, giving 10 points to the winner. If you are unfamiliar with the points system, be sure and take a look at our break down of this year’s races and leaders- 2015 Kentucky Derby Points System. The morning line favorite is Bob Baffert’s Fame and Power with Irad Ortiz in the irons. This one just broke his maiden in wire to wire fashion. Not only did he lead at every call, he finished with a nice speed figure. However it looks like he will have company on the front end in this one. Second choice in the ML is Arnaud Delacour’s Divining Rod with Julien Leparoux up. This is one of those that looks like he will give F&P company on the front end. Divining Rod has 10 points for the Derby, so a win here would give him 20 and put him on the bubble to get in. He would also have to supplement to get in, as he was not nominated for the Triple Crown. He appears to like it on the pace, but this race may be different.

Divining RodThird choice in the morning line is Todd Pletcher’s Comfort with Javier Castellano in the saddle. This one has been laid off since early February and had been running at the Fair Grounds. He likes to do his running from off the pace and will have a pace to run at in this race. This race is full of horses that have just broke maiden and Derby want to be’s. It is really a hard one to handicap because you expect one to jump up and say “I’m a Derby contender” but you almost have to look at it as a non-winner of two race. Who is the best runner in this race? The race will have a pace on the front end that will set up for a come from behind charge. That being said, I believe that Divining Rod will win it by coming just off the pace with Comfort second and Fame and Power third. Happy Horse Picking Gals and Guys!

 

 

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