04/14/2014 2:08PM

No takers for Lexington's Kentucky Derby qualifying points

Michael Burns
Ami's Holiday (outside), shown winning the Grey Stakes last year at Woodbine, is one of the probables for Saturday's Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington Stakes is the last race with eligibility points toward the Kentucky Derby, but that will be a moot point Saturday when the 1 1/16-mile race is run at Keeneland.

None of the 3-year-olds under consideration for the Lexington have any Derby qualifying points, and with just 10 points to the winner, it seems impossible that any can crash the 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby, since 20 points appears the likely threshold to make it.

Keeneland stakes coordinator Scott Jones said he expects a field of at least six, and probably a few more, when entries are taken Wednesday for the Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington. Those prospects are Ami’s Holiday, Divine Oath, Dynamic Impact, Mr Speaker, Ride Away, and Solitary Ranger.

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Last year, the first for the Derby points system, Winning Cause won the Lexington and did not run back in the Derby. Winning Cause, second in a turf allowance here Sunday, is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has Divine Oath for this renewal of the Lexington and has won a remarkable five of its last nine runnings.

The Lexington will end a four-day race week, as there will be no racing Sunday at Keeneland because of the Easter holiday. The Grade 3 Ben Ali and the Giant’s Causeway also will be run Saturday.