Once he got to the eighth pole, Collected found his second wind and sprinted to victory in the 2016 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday.
Javier Castellano was the jockey aboard the victorious three-year-old colt, who stormed past One More Round on the final turn, with Synchrony coming in third.
You can watch the race in its entirety, courtesy of the TVG Network:
Here's a breakdown of the payouts, per the Daily Racing Form:
|2016 Lexington Stakes Payouts|
|One More Round||$28.40||$13.80|
|Daily Racing Form|
From the minute the gates opened, it was a one-two race between One More Round and Collected. Once the horses went into the long stretch after the first turn, One More Round seized a narrow yet solid lead. But when they approached the final turn, Castellano got enough out of Collected in the final stretch of the 1 1/16-mile race to get the victory.
Claire Novak of Blood-Horse captured a shot of the winning horse after the race concluded:
A record-setting crowd came to see Collected get 10 crucial points toward entry into the Kentucky Derby, per the Downey Profile:
The 10 points pushed Collected's total to 21, which may fall short of the mark needed to get into the first leg of the Triple Crown on May 7. Twenty horses will run in the 142nd Kentucky Derby, and according to the Daily Racing Form, Collected needs 11 more points to match Adventist and Laoban for the No. 20 position.
Nevertheless, it was an entertaining race that saw a horse make a charge at the end to secure the victory. While the Kentucky Derby may be out of the question, Collected could be a dark-horse pick when the Preakness rolls around.
Castellano said after the race he was impressed with Collected, especially with how he was able to get that much-needed boost coming into the final turn.
“What an impressive horse,” Castellano said, per Horce Racing Nation. “I really liked the way he did it. He broke well out of the gate, and he wanted to dictate the pace today. I tried to sit a little bit behind the pacemaker. Turning for home, I really like the way he accelerated. When I asked, he really responded. I was really satisfied today.”
Castellano also said he felt Collected could be in a longer race if given the chance.
"The way he galloped out past the wire, I was very impressed," he said, per Frank Angst of Blood-Horse.
Collected's owner Peter Fluor understands the Derby may be out of reach, but the thought of the Preakness helps because of the track's distance.
"I think that would be the most-logical step given the distance," Fluor said, per Jonathan Lintner of the Courier-Journal. "We'll see how he comes out, but that would be a thrill for us."