Ami's Holiday to pass Derby even with Lexington win
If Ami's Holiday wins Saturday's $200,000 Lexington at Keeneland, the $120,000 winner's share would increase his non-restricted stakes earnings to $256,145 and push his points total to 20. That would mean his earnings are more than the other six horses with 20 points bidding for a spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3.
Despite this potential scenario, owner Ivan Dalos said Friday that his Harlan's Holiday colt would not be pointed to the Derby or be sold to someone with Derby aspirations.
"He's not going to make it," Dalos, who lives in Toronto, said. "(The Lexington) too close to Derby...If we had an extra week, I would definitely consider it. Two weeks is too close."
The Lexington marks the 2014 debut for Ami's Holiday, who is trained by Josie Carroll. In four races at two, all on Polytrack at Woodbine, the colt won the Grey and was third in the Display. He was at Oaklawn this year but missed training as a result of bad weather.
The original plan was to run Ami's Holiday in the Blue Grass last Saturday, but Dalos said, "We felt he wasn't ready to go a mile and an eighth at this point. (The Lexington) is a mile and a sixteenth -- a little shorter -- so this is a more suitable race since we're not going to the Derby."
Dalos said Ami's Holiday is nominated to the Queen's Plate and that the Preakness is a possibility for the colt, depending on his performance in the Lexington.
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