By Melissa Bauer-Herzog, @mbauerherzog, America’s Best Racing
Winning Cause settled in midpack after the break and raced comfortably as the field ran single file down the backstretch. As the horses neared the far turn in the 1 1/16-mile race, the field tightened and Winning Cause approached the leader. By midstretch, the Giant’s Causeway colt had seized the lead and he rolled to a one-length win at odds of 6.80-to-1.
The Lexington Stakes was Winning Cause’s first stakes victory and third win at Keeneland. The victory in the Kentucky Derby wild card race earned Winning Cause his first 20 points on the Derby trail, potentially enough to get him in the race.
But even if he makes it in the field, there is a chance he won’t go.
"We haven't thought of him as a Derby-type horse, he likes Keeneland,“ Pletcher said after the colt’s win.
Winning Cause, owned by Alto Racing, is out of a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Society Hostess. By top sire Giant’s Causeway, he was bred in Kentucky by Galleria Bloodstock.
A $2 win ticket on Winning Cause paid $15.60.
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WINNING CAUSE PREVAILS IN LEXINGTON STAKES
Photo courtesy of Keeneland