Conservative, Jeranimo tune up for Lexington
At Keeneland on Monday, Phipps Stable's homebred CONSERVATIVE (Unbridled's Song) breezed five Polytrack furlongs in 1:01 2/5 in advance of Saturday's $300,000 Lexington S. (G2). The Shug McGaughey trainee galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 3/5, according to Keeneland clockers.
Conservative is exiting two straight victories at Gulfstream Park, having taken a turf maiden and an off-the-turf allowance. Three starts back, the gray was runner-up to Lexington rival EL CRESPO (A.P. Indy) in a Gulfstream maiden. El Crespo subsequently captured the Palm Beach S. (G3) on turf.
Conservative is out of Grade 1 heroine Oh What a Windfall (Seeking the Gold), who is a full sister to champion Heavenly Prize (Seeking the Gold).
Also working on Monday was San Felipe S. (G2) third JERANIMO (Congaree), who traveled a half-mile in :49 over the Pro-Ride at Santa Anita. The Michael Pender pupil was beaten a total of 2 1/4 lengths by the streaking Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker) when making his stakes debut in the San Felipe.
Twelve sophomores are now expected to line up in the 1 1/16-mile test, after PITCHED PERFECTLY (Pleasantly Perfect) joined the list for new owner Lael Stables and trainer Barclay Tagg. The chestnut has not raced since landing an allowance/optional claimer at Aqueduct in January for former conditioner Gary Contessa.
Others listed as probable by Keeneland stakes coordinator Tia Borgemenke are Breeders' Futurity (G1) winner SQUARE EDDIE (Smart Strike), Illinois Derby (G2) third HIS GREATNESS (Honour and Glory), W.E.B.N. S. winner PARADE CLOWN (Distorted Humor), Sunland Derby runner-up MYTHICAL POWER (Congaree), the Todd Pletcher pair of ADVICE (Chapel Royal) and MASALA (Lion Heart), OMNISCIENT (Pulpit) from the Steve Asmussen barn, and one of two runners trained by Nick Zito, BRAVE VICTORY (Lion Heart) or SANTANA SIX (Hold That Tiger).
Entries will be drawn Wednesday.
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