First to last is becoming a popular method of winning these days. Dialed In continues to dominate 3 yr old racing in this manner and just last week Brilliant Speed charged hard on the outside to win the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Perhaps jockey Julien Leparoux was taking notes. On Saturday, Derby Kitten rallied in the same manner, last to first, to win the G.3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Replay) over the Polytrack at Keeneland. Leparoux guided the bay colt to a 1 1/2 length victory over Prime Cut and Casper’s Touch.
Sent off at odds of 9-1, Derby Kitten scored a big win for prominent owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker. Although the pay day was not large enough to send Derby Kitten to the Kentucky Derby, it was enough to emmerge as a 3 yr. old contender. Silver Medallion, the post time favorite at 6-5, was in contention throughout much of the race, but was never able to fire on the final turn and stretch drive. He finished 4th and currently sits 24th on the graded stakes earnings list. Silver Medallion’s connections must now sit and wait to see if any of the 23 horses ahead of him decide not to run.
- #1 Derby Kitten $20.40 $6.60 $3.60
- #3 Prime Cut $4.40 $3.00
- #6 Casper’s Touch $3.00
In other news on the Triple Crown trail, Adios Charlie scored the win in the 1 mile G.2 Jerome Stakes (Replay) from Aqueduct. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the son of Indian Charlie broke sharply on the outside before settling in second behind the 2-1 favorite Cal Nation. On the turn Justin Phillip took the lead and looked to breakaway for a clean win, but Adios Charlie dug deep in the slop to overcome Justin Phillip and hold off the closing Astrology to win.
- #8 Adios Charlie $14.60 $6.30 $4.90
- #1 Astrology $3.90 $3.20
- #7 Justin Phillip $4.10
It appears that Astrology is pointed for the Preakness Stakes on May 21st. No word yet if Derby Kitten is headed in the same direction or if Adios Charlie is as well. We would like to congratulate the winning connections of Derby Kitten and Adios Charlie. We hope that all of the horses returned to the stalls in good condition. We are down to one final Triple Crown prep race, the Derby Trial on Saturday from Churchill Downs. It appears that the derby field is set, but the Trial may produce a 3 yr. old threat down the line.
Written by Big Brink