Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ready for One More; Possibly Two

Today's Lexington Stakes will probably give us at least one more Derby starter, possibly two.

If anyone but Square Eddie wins the Lexington, it most likely means one more starter in the Derby field since the winner's share is $186,00. Square Eddie has enough graded stakes earnings to get in, so if he wins, it doesn't change anything on the Derby earnings list. But if he finishes a strong second than we'll probably see him and whoever ends up winning in Derby starting gate. If Square Eddie disappoints than it's doubtful he starts two weeks from now. 

There's at least four decent long shots that could win the Lexington:
  • Jeranimo (12-1) has a chance to get in the Derby with a second place finish and finished just 2 1/4 lengths behind Pioneerof the Nile in San Felipe.
  • Omniscient (6-1) three straight Beyer improvements (an angle I always like to play) and skipped through the mud in last on the lead.
  • Pitched Perfectly  (15-1) gets Tagg first time and went fast in last at Big A.
  • Masala (6-1) drilled two works back and gets blinkers for Pletcher who scores at 25% with first blinkers.

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