The 2013 Kentucky Derby is just two weeks away, but there are plenty of points to be had this weekend at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, the site of Saturday's 2013 Coolmore Lexington Stakes.
Pure Fun, the lone filly in Saturday's 11-horse field, is the overwhelming favorite to win. Trained by Kenneth McPeek, the three-year-old is well out of the race for the Kentucky Derby, but is instead eyeing a berth in next month's Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.
But with a field of talented colts, including Sunbean, Cerro and Examen all looking to chase her down, Pure Fun will be in for an epic battle around the 1 1/16-mile synthetic track on Saturday.
Here we'll get you set for this weekend's wild-card race.
Where: Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, Ky.
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Post Time: 5:13 p.m. ET
Watch: Television Games Network
Listen: Horse Racing Radio Network
Distance: 1 1/16 miles (Synthetic)
|1||Winning Cause||Julien R. Leparoux||Todd A. Pletcher||4/1|
|2||Pick of the Litter||Jesus Lopez Castanon||Dale L. Romans||9/2|
|3||River Rocks||James Graham||Wayne M. Catalano||8/1|
|4||Hip Four Sixtynine||Gabriel Saez||Bobby C. Barnett||15/1|
|5||Where's Dominic||Edgar S. Prado||Michael J. Trombetta||12/1|
|6||Sunbean||Gary L. Stevens||Michael J. Maker||3/1|
|7||Examen||Garrett K. Gomez||Thomas F. Proctor||4/1|
|8||Cerro||Joel Rosario||H. Graham Motion||4/1|
|9||Wings of Fortune||Calvin H. Borel||Michael J. Maker||10/1|
|10||General Election||Joseph Rocco Jr.||Kellyn Gorder||10/1|
|11||Pure Fun||Rosie Napravnik||Kenneth G. McPeek||2/1|
Predictions For Top Contenders
The 2012 Hollywood Starlet Stakes winner won't be able to qualify for the Kentucky Derby this May, but with a win would be able to partake in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs next month, a big-time race for fillies.
Coming off a solid third-place finish at the Fathead Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park, the favorite will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who jockeyed Believe You Can to a win at the 2012 Kentucky Oaks.
Despite what she's been able to accomplish and the fact that she'll start on the outside, I look for Pure Fun fall short this April, and finish second on Saturday.
Which favorite do you like to win on Saturday?
Ridden by three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Gary Stevens, Sunbean has showed tremendous promise this season, winning two straight races to open the year at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
Despite a disappointing eighth-place finish at the Louisiana Derby last month, Sunbean has been under the watch of trainer Mike Maker as of late, who knows how to train horses on synthetic. Plus, Sunbean will start from a solid position inside post No. 6.
Having won three straight races at the Fair Grounds, Sunbean and Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens look poised for a strong finish this weekend.
I look for Sunbean to pull off the upset this weekend and earn 20 huge points toward earning a spot in the 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby on May 4.
Another favorite this weekend, Cerro has 4-1 odds along with Examen and Winning Cause.
In his last outing nearly two months ago, Cerro finished sixth at the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Still, he's won two races since last summer and will be ridden by one of Keeneland's top jockeys in Joel Rosario.
Despite the good things Cerro has going for him this April, I look for a third-place finish from him this weekend. Pure Fun and Sunbean are the two favorites, and for good reason; they've both been dominant in recent outings and look destined to lead the pack across the finish line at Keeneland on Saturday.
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