Keeneland's Lexington draws 38 nominees
A total of 38 horses were nominated to the 28th running of the $300,000 Lexington S. (G2) sending three-year-olds 1 1/16 miles over the Polytrack at Keeneland on April 18.
The Lexington offers hopefuls for the $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) one of the last chances to accrue graded earnings for the Run for the Roses.
Keeneland stakes coordinator Tia Borgemenke had 10 horses listed as probable for the race. Headlining the list is California invader JERANIMO (Congaree). Owned by B.J. Wright and trained by Mike Pender, Jeranimo is coming off a third-place effort behind Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker) in the March 14 San Felipe S. (G2) at Santa Anita in his most recent start. Brice Blanc is scheduled to ride.
Also expected to come from the West Coast is Peachtree Stable's MYTHICAL POWER (Congaree), who is trained by Bob Baffert. Second in the Sunland Derby on March 29 at Sunland Park last out, Mythical Power would be one of two Peachtree runners in the Lexington as Gotham S. (G3) fourth MASALA (Lion Heart) is also under consideration.
The lone graded winner among the early probables is G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s EL CRESPO (A.P. Indy), who won the Palm Beach S. (G3) on the grass at Gulfstream Park on March 14.
Others listed as probable for the Lexington are WinStar Farm LLC's ADVICE (Chapel Royal), third in last year's Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) and fifth in the Sunland Derby most recently; Phipps Stable's CONSERVATIVE (Unbridled's Song), who broke his maiden and won an allowance in his last two; Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, Gary Barber and Team Valor International's HULL (Holy Bull), undefeated from two starts so far; Stonestreet Stable LLC's OMNISCIENT (Pulpit), an allowance scorer; Donamire Farm's PARADE CLOWN (Distorted Humor), fourth in the Lane's End S. (G2) when last seen; and David Thompson's maiden winner PORT CANAVERAL (Cape Canaveral).
Entries for the Lexington will be drawn Wednesday.
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