Coolmore Lexington Stakes 2013: Biggest Winners at Keeneland

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IApril 21, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 13: Horses head down the front stretch during the 89th Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keenland Race Course on April 13, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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With a potential Kentucky Derby bid on the line at Keeneland on Saturday, the 2013 Coolmore Lexington Stakes had all the action you could ask for in a horse race. 

The race saw a few upsets and shockers in terms of what the oddsmakers had predicted, making those who bet on General Election big winners.

For a complete look at the results from today's race, click here. Now, we'll take a look at the biggest winners from Saturday's race.

In case you missed it, check out the complete Lexington Stakes race:


General Election

Owning 10-1 odds of a first-place finish on Saturday (via SportsBook), General Election and jockey Joseph Rocco Jr. shocked the horse racing world by finishing second in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

It's been a strong start to the season for General Election, as the horse already owns a first-place finish on the season. Rocco Jr. has also found a ton of success this season, ranking 29th out of a possible 1,061 in terms of earnings in 2013, thanks in large part to 41 first-place finishes.

Viewed as a potential long shot to win the race, General Election certainly wowed the racing community with a second-place finish over more favorable horses like Sunbean and Pure Fun.

After the initial odds for General Election, I'd say the "place" finish was certainly a win for the horse and trainer Rocco Jr.


Pick of the Litter

Starting from the second post position, Pick of the Litter, who was a 9-2 favorite to win the 2013 Coolmore Lexington Stakes, placed third at Keeneland and lived up to the odds.

While a "show" at the Stakes isn't the most glamorous finish by any means, trainer Dale Romans is having quite a successful stint here in 2013, ranking 40th in terms of earnings this year.

I'm deeming Pick of the Litter a winner from Saturday's race because the horse finished roughly where it was projected to. Sure, a win or a place would have been a more ideal finish, but any time a horse finishes where it's supposed to or higher, you've got to consider it a win.

Pick of the Litter won't be running in the Kentucky Derby, but trainer Dale Romans can take solace in the third-place finish on Saturday.


Winning Cause

Winning Cause—jockeyed by Julien Leparoux—shocked the field of 11 on Saturday when he won the 2013 Coolmore Lexington Stakes. Aside from placing first in the Stakes, Winning Cause earned itself 20 points and a bid to the Kentucky Derby with its win.

The win marks the second career first-place finish for Winning Cause, while trainer Todd Pletcher earned his 68th first-place finish in 2013.

Pletcher already has a Kentucky Derby win under his belt, as he trained Super Saver, who placed first in the 2010 Run for the Roses.

According to ESPN's Lane Gold, Pletcher didn't even know the type of potential Winning Cause had.

Nonetheless, Winning Cause was the ultimate winner on Saturday for finishing first and earning a trip to the Kentucky Derby.


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