04/09/2013 3:23PM

Keeneland: Pure Fun may try males in Lexington

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Pure Fun was third as a 4-5 favorite in her only start this year, the March 23 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Trainer Ken McPeek said he is “seriously considering” the filly Pure Fun for a run against 3-year-old males here at Keeneland on  April 20 in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race that offers 20 points to the winner on the new eligibility system being used for the Derby.

McPeek noted correctly that Derby points can be used by a filly toward the Kentucky Oaks, whereas points earned in races restricted to fillies cannot be used toward the Derby.

Pure Fun, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet in December, is on the bubble for the May 3 Oaks, and McPeek fears she may be excluded if the race is oversubscribed and Pure Fun doesn’t race again. Pure Fun was third as a 4-5 favorite in her only start this year, the March 23 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park.

McPeek said Pure Fun exited the Bourbonette with a “minor setback, and that messed up our timing” in terms of wanting to use the Ashland Stakes here last weekend or the Fantasy this week at Oaklawn Park as a final Oaks prep for the filly.

“Timing-wise,” he said, “the Lexington might be just right. We’re sorting through it all. If she works well this weekend and drills the feed tub, we might just run her against the boys. I know it’s a little unconventional, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

McPeek said he also has Taken by the Storm, fourth behind Black Onyx in the March 23 Spiral at Turfway, under consideration for the Lexington.

mrlouey More than 1 year ago
Very little setback as she was not going to train much after fever detected. Oaks race sets up for her if she gets in as their is ton of speed. Not sure she is good enough to beat Dreaming but she will be closing. Glad they are putting another under her belt...she did run at CD 14 days before she ran and won Grade !
jttf More than 1 year ago
churchill could have rewarded fillies 50 kentucky oaks points for the $750,000 illinois derby winner.
Dave More than 1 year ago
So many trainers/owners pushing their horses to get into the Derby/Oaks. Why not just go easy on her there are a lot of other big races his summer, and she's already a Grade 1 winner.
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ddwage62 More than 1 year ago
she's only raced once this year
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
She was before the setback but not anymore. They're trying to play catch up with her now
Joseph Bartelli More than 1 year ago
Pure Fun a very live long shot if she runs in the Kentucky Oaks!!