Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) – Divining Rod will ship into Keeneland for
Saturday’s $250,000 Lexington Stakes in a final chance to acquire points for
the 141st Kentucky Derby.
The 1 1/16-mile Lexington Stakes offers 17 points with 10 going to the winner
as part of the Kentucky Derby points system.
Seven 3-year-olds have been entered for the Lexington with Divining Rod the
expected favorite. Trained by Arnaud Delacour, Diving Rod will be ridden by
Julien Leparoux for the first time with the pair leaving from the inside post.
“We nominated him for the Triple Crown in case we wanted to do that,”
Delacour said about Divining Rod. “It just didn’t work out the way we wanted
and now we are just taking it one race at a time.”
Diving Rod, owned by Lael Stables, raced in Tampa Bay Downs’ two stakes for 3-
year-olds this season. He finished second in the Sam F. Davis on Jan. 31,
dropping a neck decision to Ocean Knight. Five weeks later he was third in the
Tampa Bay Derby behind eventual Blue Grass Stakes winner Carpe Diem.
“It is hard to be ambitious off a race like that,” Delacour said. “He is not
up to the task yet.”
The front running 3-year-old colt has earned $99,800 with one win in four
Breaking from post 3 will be Quimet with Jose Lezcano in the saddle for
trainer Nick Zito and owner Lucky Shamrock Stable.
Quimet is coming off a fourth-place finish on March 6 in the Islamorada
Handicap at Gulfstream Park behind Materiality who went on to win the Florida
Derby. The chestnut gelding has a win, a second and a third in five starts for
Here is the field for the Lexington from the rail out: Divining Rod, Julien
Leparoux; Comfort, Javier Castellano; Quimet, Jose Lezcano; Tiznow R J, Robby
Albarado; Henry Jones, Paco Lopez; Fame and Power, Irad Ortiz Jr. and
Donworth, Joel Rosario.
Post time for the Lexington will be approximately 5:18 p.m. ET.