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Keeneland: All Squared Away upsets Lexington Stakes to tune of $143.20
By Marty McGee
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Derby implications? Um, not this year. A 70-1 shot named All Squared Away was a stunning winner Saturday of the Grade 3, $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in a race that, unlike most prior years, will not yield a starter for the Kentucky Derby.
With Julio Garcia riding for trainer Wesley Ward, All Squared Away prevailed by 1 1/2 lengths over Summer Front, the 2-1 favorite in a field of 11 3-year-olds, with Hammers Terror a neck back in third.
All Squared Away, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Bellamy Road, returned $143.20 as the longest shot in the field after finishing the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:42.55 over Polytrack. He banks $120,000 but does not figure to make the 20-horse cutoff for the 138th Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs.
On a drizzly and chilly afternoon, and before an ontrack crowd of 23,823, All Squared Away got a good stalking trip in fourth behind a trio of front-runners before finally surging past one of those, Hammers Terror, with less than a sixteenth of a mile remaining. Summer Front was up late to be second under Ramon Dominguez, while Hammers Terror, an 18-1 shot, had three-quarters of a length on Gold Megillah in fourth.
“I knew the horse wanted to go a route race,” Garcia said afterward.
“Since I got him, he’s just thrived here at Keeneland,” said Ward, who took over the training of the horse from California-based Peter Miller, who was the trainer of record when All Squared Away finished sixth at 69-1 as a supplementary entry in his last race, the March 24 Vinery Spiral on Polytrack at Turfway Park. All Squared Away had won just once in his seven starts prior to the Spiral, all of them in California and four of those for a claiming price.
Miller, in the name of Altamire Racing Stable, is a co-owner in the gelding, along with the Wire to Wire Racing of Bob Rodriguez.
Only two horses entered the Lexington with a realistic chance of making the Derby, and both ran poorly, with Castaway finishing ninth and Morgan’s Guerrilla running last.
The $2 exacta (9-2) paid $842, the $1 trifecta (9-2-8) returned $3,999.80, and the dime superfecta (9-8-2-11) was worth $4,759.95.
before the race Wesley Ward was winning at a 27% clip at Keeneland and 29% first start with trainer. 28% on synthetic surfaces and we let him go at 70-1.
If the 8 would of one the last race I had the pick 4 to the tune of 100K on a $14 ticket. The 8 ran 2nd but looked like a winner before a bad step. Tough one to swallow.
lets face it this was a very poor field,there was no real talent in the field,even so a very thourogh look at the the dopping test should ensue,and maybe sending a law enforcement agent to the testing barn and having him keep a second sample ,just to compare in case the lab or collector is tampering with the test,especialy involving the miracle trainers,who obviously have figured out how to bear the system.
WOw...funny how certain trainers can move em up?! Yeah, right
Garcia was the regular jockey of champion Mister Frisky in Puerto Rico before the horse was shipped to the US in 1990. He's a champion jockey who deserves more chances in big races. He's a natural.
There will be no triple crown winner this year. Each leg of a triple crown will be won by different horse. Bob Baffert will certainly get one with his Bode. There will be a strong field in each leg of the triple crown. How exciting. Union Rags and Hansen are now a part of history. They are ready to retire to breeding farms.
Bode to me was a one time winner preparing for the derby, he wont be in the money in this years Derby. Union Rags will defeat him in the strectch if they both in the middle of the track, Union Rags way to smart of a Horse!
I got paid today!!!! Gotta love those long shoy wins!!!!!!!!
Any one else think,, Castaway could be a rabbit for Bode in the derby with a few more defections . Castaway could burn out Hansen/Gem/TakeCharge/ Ill have A while Bode sits middle of the pack
This is kind of a strange year, so many of these horses winning and placing in the graded stake Derby Prep aren't even triple crown nominated. At the very least, if a horse wins a graded prep race, they should be automatically nominated for the triple crown, and horses that are nominated and win should get a refund of their nominating fee. The point in the nominating fee then would be to sort out all the horses that place-show-4th and so on, plus 2 year old graded earnings,,,,or adapt a win and your in to the derby (but that didnt really work out when they tried it but then again that was for some England kentucky derby prep) Castaway could likely at this point make the derby gate with a few defections and All Square Away/ Hero of Order basically don't even get a crack even though they have no chance
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