04/17/2013 12:04PM

Lexington Stakes: Pure Fun will face males from post 11

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Pure Fun is using the Lexington as a prep for the Kentucky Oaks.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Pure Fun, the only filly in a field of 11 3-year-olds, drew the far-outside post for the Grade 3, $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes, to be run Saturday at Keeneland for the 32nd time.

Rosie Napravnik has the call on Pure Fun, a Grade 1-winning filly who will be prepping for a start in the May 3 Kentucky Oaks. She faces a demanding task in the 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race when facing the likes of Winning Cause, Sunbean, Examen, and Cerro.

The Lexington is worth 20 points to the winner toward qualifying for the May 4 Kentucky Derby.

Pure Fun already appears to have made the 14-horse field for the Kentucky Oaks. Trainer Ken McPeek initially wanted to run the filly in the Lexington to earn points for the Oaks, but with that seemingly a done deal, he still wants a prep race for her.

Sunbean, made eligible to the Lexington by a $15,000 supplementary payment by owner Evelyn Benoit, will be making his first start since being transferred to trainer Mike Maker. Formerly trained by Al Stall Jr., the Louisiana-bred colt won three races in a row before finishing eighth at 18-1 in his last start, the March 30 Louisiana Derby.

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Maker also has a second Lexington starter in Wings of Fortune. There are no coupled entries for wagering purposes.

One of a handful of longshot possibilities is Pick of the Litter, who finished a well-back sixth at 12-1 in his last start, the March 30 Florida Derby. It was just the third career start for the colt and followed a maiden romp by a little more than a month.

“He’s better than what he showed in the Florida Derby,” trainer Dale Romans said. “I really believe that. That’s why we’re eager to give him another shot. Plus, he’s by Kitten’s Joy, and a lot of his offspring is effective on the synthetic.”

From the rail, this is the Lexington lineup: Winning Cause, Pick of the Litter, River Rocks, Hip Four Sixtynine, Where’s Dominic, Sunbean, Examen, Cerro, Wings of Fortune, General Election, and Pure Fun.

The Lexington (race 9) anchors a 10-race Saturday card that includes the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes (race 8) for filly and mare turf sprinters. Post time for the Lexington is 5:13 p.m. Eastern. TVG will have full coverage.

Coolmore Lexington Stakes
Purse: $200,000; 1 1/6 miles; Grade 3
1. Winning Cause, J. Leparoux
2. Pick of the Litter, J. Castanon
3. River Rocks, J. Graham
4. Hip Four Sixtynine, G. Saez
5. Where’s Dominic, E. Prado
6. Sunbean (s), G. Stevens
7. Examen, G. Gomez
8. Cerro, J. Rosario
9. Wings of Fortune, C. Borel
10. General Election, J. Rocco Jr.
11. Pure Fun, R. Napravnik
(s) – supplementary entry.
All carry 118 pounds, except Sunbean (120)
Post time: 5:13 p.m. Eastern.
Television: TVG

John More than 1 year ago
for the people that think fillys should run against the boys keep handicapping unless there zenyatta your a terrible handicapper
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Misogynist. And a dumb one. Let me count the ways....RachelAlexandra, Ruffian, Zenyatta literally beat the crap our if the boys, ........
Perl More than 1 year ago
Toss
Mick More than 1 year ago
I'll go with Pure Fun here. Always like seeing a filly in with the colts, and I think she's up to the task.
Jason Hart More than 1 year ago
I don't know.... She's 0 for 2 at Keenland and now she faces the boys. We'll see....
Mine thatbird More than 1 year ago
0 for 2 at Keenland, yes, but on the turf is a key part of that. She should be in the mix. Only 2 others have raced over synth and she has shown she can handle it. Wouldn't be surprised if she won.
Lawrence Redding More than 1 year ago
Move over and make room for .EXAMEN .Will lay over this field.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Sunbean was severly impeaded in the Louisiana Derby when making the winning move and now has been transfered to Mike Maker and gets G.Stevens in the irons, the other dead giveaway is the supplemented him into the race for $15,000.00 tells you to expect a big effort. See you all at the window $$$$$$$
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
Im Thinking the same way here too, 15,000 to get to the gate, yes look for big effort!
Perl More than 1 year ago
They are derby desperate. Everyone in the world knew he had trouble in his last race. Not sure the value will be there on this one.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
the 15000 is due to derby fever sunbeam is a nice horse but impeded while making a winning move is a little strong lets say he was in contention while saving ground on the inside and then was impeded switched out and ran stayed on for 8th.others in that race also had bad trips Departing was also blocked and ran on to be third..sunbeam can win but when you save all the ground like he tried to do you always look good until you cant get thru.revolutionary and my lute went wide and lost ground but still finished 1 and 2 ..the question is would sunbeam have won had he gotten thru on the rail or would winner have picked him up regardless.the only person who can have an insight into that is the jockey did he feel he had a lot of horse before the incident did he ease up once he realized the race was over or was he saving every inch because he thought that was the only way sunbeam would have any kind of shot...if you like him get value at least 12/1.remember its better to cash than to be proven right on a posting.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
ITA
Jeff Byrd More than 1 year ago
Don't know how he'll take Keen poly but I like this Sunbean. His La Derby impressed me.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Outside post means she will be tough to beat.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Also. Doesn't she get the filly weight allowance?
Jason Hart More than 1 year ago
No Thomas..... The Lexington doesn't have a filly allowance. Weight: 123 lbs. Non-winners of a Grade I or II stakes at a mile or over allowed 3 lbs.; $60,000 at a mile or over or two races at a mile or over other than maiden or claiming since October 27, 5 lbs. All runners are carrying 118, except for Sunbeam at 120.
Steve Homer More than 1 year ago
Isn't the outside post pretty disadvantageous at 1 1/16 at Keeneland?
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Good point. But look at her form. Outside helps. She run best outside. Plus inside against bigger colts not good for a filly. IMO
Place More than 1 year ago
At a 1 1/16 outside posts at keeneland are brutal, almost guarentees wide through the first turn and backstrech.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i like river rocks
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
need a better jockey if they want points
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Rosie not up to the task???? Wow
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Rosie not good enough????WOW
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
I never was big on Rosie, always let me down, my opinion
Jason Hart More than 1 year ago
They are pointing this filly toward the Oaks. By the way...... Which rider won the Kentucky Oaks last year? I forget.....