Tips and Analysis for the Lexington Stakes, the last Kentucky Derby Prep Race
The Lexington Stakes is the last prep race for the Kentucky Derby, or more accurately, a last gasp to make the Derby field.
With the Kentucky Derby field restricted to 20 starters, a handful of horses who have earned qualifying points but are below the top 20 are hoping to use the Lexington to secure a spot in the Derby field. The 1-1/16 mile race at Keeneland offers a total of 34 qualifying points (the top preps offered 170 points), with 20 points to the winner. It appears as if about 40 points will be needed to qualify for the 148th Kentucky Derby.
The Lexington is run three weeks before the first Saturday in May, which will require a relatively quick turnaround. Based on recent history, the Kentucky Derby winner likely won’t be coming out of the Lexington. The last horse to win both races was Charismatic in 1999.
Current 2022 Kentucky Derby Qualifier Standings
|5||Tiz the Bomb||110||$1,012,610|
|11||Slow Down Andy||60||$475,000|
|18||Summer Is Tomorrow||40||$200,000|
Lexington Stakes Distance, Purse, Date
2022 Race Date: Saturday, April 16
Track: Keeneland, Lexington, Kentucky
Inaugural Race: 1936
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
Status: Grade 3
2021 winner: King Fury
Lexington Stakes Preview
A field of 11 is entered in the Lexington, headed by Tawny Port, who likely has already earned a spot in the Kentucky Derby.
Tawny Port began the week 21st in the Derby points standings (top 20 earn entry), but several horses above him are already off the Derby trail.
Three of Tawny Port’s four career races were over synthetic tracks and trainer Brad Cox wants to better judge how he fares on the dirt.
Others who can reach the Derby with a strong performance are In Due Time and Ethereal Road.
In Due Time was second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Ethereal Road surprisingly wheels back just one week after finishing a well-beaten seventh in the Blue Grass Stakes at this same Kentucky track.
|1||Midnight Chrome||John Servis||Jose Ortiz||20-1|
|2||In Due Time||Kelly Breen||Paco Lopez||3-1|
|3||We All See It||Eddie Kenneally||Luis Saez||15-1|
|4||Ethereal Road||D. Wayke Lukas||Victor Espinoza||10-1|
|5||Howling Time||Dale L. Romans||Joseph Talamo||15-1|
|6||Skate to Heaven||Robertino Diodoro||David Cohen||30-1|
|7||Major General||Todd Pletcher||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||4-1|
|8||Strava||Dallas Stewart||Tyler Gaffalione||20-1|
|9||Tawny Port||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||5-2|
|10||Dash Attack||Ken McPeek||Flavien Pratt||10-1|
|11||Call Me Midnight||Keith Desormeaux||James Graham||6-1|
Picks and Analysis for 2022 Lexington Stakes
In Due Time finished second in the Fountain of Youth, a race in which his rider, Paco Lopez, received a 14-day suspension for careless riding which resulted in a two-horse spill around the far turn at Gulfstream Park. In Due Time has tactical speed and is fast enough to win here and earn a trip to Louisville. Lopez is back aboard.
Tawny Port is the logical horse in this field. His three best finishes (two wins and a second) were on Turfway Park’s synthetic track, but he also ran a decent fifth on the dirt in the Risen Star Stakes, a Grade 2 race that has produced multiple next-out winners. Top connections. Short price seems likely.
We All See It is stepping up in class and worth a look at double-digit odds. Comes off impressive allowance win; positive rider change.
Call Me Midnight was a 28-1 winner in the Lecomte Stakes in January, then a well-beaten sixth in the Louisiana Derby. Late-running colt needs a fast pace to run at, but not sure he’ll get it here.
The Lexingtron Stakes at Keeneland is the final Kentucky Derby prep races as the Triple Crown hopefuls prepare for the first run.
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