04/14/2014 2:08PM

No takers for Lexington's Kentucky Derby qualifying points

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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.

[ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY: Prep races, point standings, replays]

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.

Eric Boyle More than 1 year ago
Considering DRF wants you to pay to read these articles, they should at least do a minimal amount of research and get their facts straight. Ami's Holiday, the first horse mentioned above, earned 10 points for winning the Grey Stakes at Woodbine last year and could squeeze into the derby with a win here. I found that out by reading a free article on Brisnet's Handicapper's Edge page.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
Looked up irrelevant in the dictionary - came up: Lexington Stakes.
w More than 1 year ago
It's good that this type of story is on DRF+. This is the type of information that should not be available without a subscription otherwise "outsiders" would have too much important information.
Steven Simonovic More than 1 year ago
ILL Derby is for $500K and should have a nice lineup. A prep on dirt...0 points? This race is for 10 points? What a joke.
Jim Aljian More than 1 year ago
wouldn't be surprised to see Lucas wheel back Mandate in a last ditch effort to get points. In the past Lucas has stooped to just about anything to get a horse in the Derby and his face time on TV.
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
By the way, the name is spelled "Lukas".
Jim Aljian More than 1 year ago
you're right. my mistake.