Derby Kitten wins the Grade 3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes before a crowd of 20,273 at Keeneland. The win boosts Derby Kitten's earnings to $172,333, but with this being his only graded stakes win, he will not be pointed toward the Kentucky Derby.
When asked about the colt's next race, trainer Mike Maker said, "I'll talk to (co-owner) Mr. Ramsey. This was the day we were pointed toward."
Derby Kitten, under the patient hands of jockey Julien Leparoux, trailed the field of six through much of the race before making his move and steadily passing the field in the stretch. This was the second win on the card for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who won the Giant's Causeway Stakes earlier in the day with another Kitten's Joy offspring, Holiday For Kitten.
Third choice Prime Cut finished 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner with the early leader, Casper's Touch, another 1/2 length back in third.
Silver Medallion, who needed the $120,000 first place purse to ensure his slot in the Kentucky Derby, finished fourth. Jockey Javier Castellano said of the ride, "I had a perfect trip right behind the two speed horses. The goal today was to get him to relax and he did. I thought things were setting up beautifully, but when I asked him he just didn't fire."
Hurricane Lake finished fifth and Taptowne completed the field in sixth.
With the preps complete, the Kentucky Derby is now two weeks away. Over the next two weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby, we'll take a closer look at the contenders as the field takes shape.
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