Winning Cause scored a big win and picked up 20 Kentucky Derby points by winning the G3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes on Saturday. The 20-point mark is considered the "bubble" point value required to make the Kentucky Derby field, per Jennie Rees of USA Today.
That's what makes Winning Cause's victory so huge.
The three-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher made a late move to best General Election by two-and-a-half lengths. If Winning Cause does run in the Derby, it would be his third race in four weeks, says Bill McCarrick of downthestretchs .
General Election, a three-year-old trained by Kellyn Gorder, still picked up eight Derby points for the second-place finish.
Pick of the Litter, who is trained by Dale L. Romans, was third and will receive four Derby points. Cerro rounds out the finishers that will take Derby points from the race.
He finished fourth and was rewarded with two points.
Here is a look at the official results from Equibase.
- Winning Cause
- General Election
- Pick of the Litter
- Sun Bean
- Wings of Fortune
- Pure Fun
- River Rocks
- Hip Four Sixtynine
Here is a look at the race:
Most Disappointing Finish: Pure Fun
If winning Cause runs the Derby, where will he finish?
Sportsbook had Pure Fun as a 2-1 favorite. The seventh-place finish was drastically below standard. Many will wonder what to make of the horse from Susan McPeek's Magdalena Racing now.
A top-three finish would have been acceptable, but with hopes of making the field for the Kentucky Oaks on the line, per Claire Novak of ESPN, the filly fell flat.
Most Surprising Finish: General Election
Sportsbook had General Election at 10-1 odds on Thursday, but Joseph Rocco Jr. rode the horse to a second-place finish.
After winning the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on March 2, it was the second top-two finish for the horse in the last two months.
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