The Stonestreet Lexington Stakes is the “other” stakes on the final day of Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve prep action. The winner gets only 20 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, which is 80 points less than the Arkansas Derby winner, but that could be enough to lift someone into the Derby field – at least temporarily until the Arkansas Derby is run.
Stonestreet Lexington Stakes
Racetrack: Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
Date: April 13
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
Post Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Notable winners: Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner Charismatic (1999), Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold (1997), Preakness-Belmont winner Hansel (1991), Preakness-Belmont winner Risen Star (1988)
First held: 1936; revived in 1984
Kentucky Derby points: 20-8-4-2 to the top four finishers, respectively
1. Shang: He’s been beating Louisiana-breds, but doing it impressively. Has big-time connections with Steve Asmussen and Irad Ortiz Jr., and merits a close look.
JOCKEY: Irad Ortiz Jr. TRAINER: Steve Asmussen
2. Hawaiian Noises: Considering he hasn’t raced beyond 6 ½ furlongs, the urge is toss him, but he’s trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by John Velazquez, so maybe he can last for a minor share of the purse. Maybe.
JOCKEY: John Velazquez TRAINER: Wesley Ward
3. Sueno: He’s run in three graded prep races and finished second or third in all of them. There should be a strong pace to chase and that could finally put him in the winner’s circle.
JOCKEY: Corey Lanerie TRAINER: Keith Desormeaux
4. Anothertwistafate: Looked good in his most recent dirt try, missing by a neck in the Sunland Derby. He gets Castellano for this trip and definitely deserves major consideration.
JOCKEY: Javier Castellano TRAINER: Blaine Wright
5. Harvey Wallbanger: Looked like he was Derby-bound after winning the Holy Bull, but a dull try in the Florida Derby has him on the ropes. He lost by a nose over the track at 2 so he may perk up here.
JOCKEY: Brian Hernandez Jr. TRAINER: Kenny McPeek
6. Chase the Ghost: Would need a major form reversal to be a contender and that seems unlikely.
JOCKEY: Miguel Mena TRAINER: Dallas Stewart
7. Knicks Go: Hard to get excited about him off two losses by a combined 64 lengths. Recent form paints a bleak picture but he did win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity here so maybe he’ll perk up back in bluegrass country.
JOCKEY: Albin Jimenez TRAINER: Ben Colebrook
8. Owendale: His stakes debut was a clunker in the Risen Star but has been working swiftly since then and could sneak into the picture.
JOCKEY: Florent Geroux TRAINER: Brad Cox
9. Zenden: Only lost by three lengths to Tacitus in the Tampa Bay Derby and is definitely capable of springing an upset here.
JOCKEY: Tyler Gaffalione TRAINER: Victor Barboza Jr.
10. Roiland: Has run in four graded stakes and was never much of a factor in any of them. From the outside post we’ll pass on him.
JOCKEY: James Graham TRAINER: Tom Amoss
THE PICK: Sueno
LIVE LONGSHOT: Zenden