Updated on 09/17/2011 11:20AM

Lexington: Lukas again

Scrimshaw, making his first start since the Feb. 15 Hutcheson, wins Saturday's Grade 2 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland under Edgar Prado.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - He did it again.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, down to his last bullet to make the 129th Kentucky Derby, has come through the back door once again. This time, it was Scrimshaw who raced to victory in the Grade 2 , marking the third time in four years that Lukas has gotten a last-ditch Derby prospect to win the Grade 2 race at Keeneland.

Scrimshaw, ridden by Edgar Prado, overtook front-running Trust N Luck at the top of the stretch in Saturday's 1 1/16-mile Lexington before drawing off to win by three lengths. Eye of the Tiger and Domestic Dispute both launched late bids to finish a neck apart in second and third. Trust N Luck was just another neck back in fourth.

Scrimshaw, a Gulch colt, returned $14.60 after finishing in 1:45.47 over a fast track.

"I'm tickled," said Lukas. "I know I didn't have him as tight for this as I'd hoped, but he still ran big. He showed a lot of courage."

Amid spectacular weather and before an ontrack crowd of 24,918, Trust N Luck, the 2-1 second choice, shot to the lead from his outside post, while Ministers Wild Cat, the 2-1 favorite, chased in closest pursuit. Meanwhile, Scrimshaw raced in traffic in third while racing near the rail, and after angling out for the drive, he quickly spurted past Trust N Luck for his third win in five career starts.

Completing the order of finish were Ministers Wild Cat, Most Feared, and Ocean Terrace, who was eased. Champali was an early scratch.

Victory in the $363,675 Lexington was worth $225,479 to owners Bob and Beverly Lewis, for whom Lukas trained Charismatic to win the 1999 Lexington and Kentucky Derby. Lukas also won the Lexington last year with Proud Citizen, who subsequently ran second in the Derby behind War Emblem.

Scrimshaw most recently had raced Feb. 15 in the Hutcheson Stakes, after which he underwent throat surgery. As he has so many times, Lukas promised a big race before the Lexington, and Scrimshaw made his trainer look like the Hall of Famer he is.

"I think this sets us up well for what we're trying to do," said Lukas, who has won the Derby four times. "I've never thought you had to look good in February. I'm the old man of the Derby trainers now, and I think I'm learning through experience."

Assuming Scrimshaw makes the May 3 Derby, it will mark the 22nd time in the last 23 runnings that Lukas has had a starter in the Derby.

The 1-3 exacta paid $87.40 and the 1-3-5 trifecta paid $320.20.

The previous Saturday at Keeneland, Prado rode Peace Rules to win the Blue Grass. He apparently is committed to riding him in the Derby for Bobby Frankel, meaning Scrimshaw will likely need a new rider. In 1999, Charismatic was ridden by Jerry Bailey in the Lexington but Chris Antley rode the colt in the Derby.

Champali to Derby Trial

Trainer Greg Foley was not satisfied with how Champali trained last week at Churchill Downs, so he scratched the colt from the Lexington to point instead to the Derby Trial on Saturday's opening-day program at Churchill.

Meanwhile, the probable heavy favorite for the Trial, Midas Eyes, posted a sizzling workout Saturday at Churchill, going six furlongs in 1:12.80 for trainer Bobby Frankel.

Besides Midas Eyes, Frankel had several of his stable stars out for serious work Saturday. You, headed to the May 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup, went an easy six furlongs in 1:16, and Sightseek, pointing to the May 3 Humana Distaff, went five furlongs in 1:01.60.

Frankel, who arrived Friday from California, also oversaw easy gallops for his two Derby contenders, Empire Maker and Peace Rules. Frankel said both colts would work once before the Derby, "about six or seven days out."

Repository rallies to Stravinsky victory

Earlier Saturday, Repository settled off the pace before rolling to a two-length triumph in the $84,375 Stravinsky Stakes. Crystal Sea finished second and On the Fritz was third in a field of 10 fillies and mares.

Repository, ridden by Bailey, finished 5 1/2 furlongs over firm turf in 1:03.29 and returned $7.20 as the favorite. She is owned by Rafter L Stables and trained by Lukas, who raced her throughout the winter at Santa Anita.

Bailey also rode Del Mar Show to a clear-cut victory in the seventh race Saturday, a $67,000 turf allowance. Del Mar Show ($4.20) was making his first start since the Breeders' Cup Mile.

* Elloluv, who may be the favorite in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks, worked a half-mile Saturday at Keeneland in her first workout since her impressive victory in the April 5 Ashland Stakes. With jockey Robby Albarado up, Elloluv breezed in 47.80 seconds over a fast track.