2018 Lexington Stakes Free Trifecta Pick: Greyvitos Leads Way

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David Schwab

Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:17 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 2:17 PM UTC

Keeneland is one of the most famous horse racing venues in the country right in the middle of the hotbed of horse racing in Lexington. Saturday, it will once again play host to the $200,000 Lexington Stakes as one of the final races for 3-year-old thoroughbreds leading up to next month’s Kentucky Derby.

A few of the top trainers in the nation will be represented by an entry in the 12-horse Lexington Stakes field Saturday that is deep in talent. My job is dig deeper into the projected field to come up with the three entries that come together perfectly to form a winning trifecta bet.

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2018 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland

The Lexington is a Grade 3 stakes race open to 3-year-old thoroughbreds with a total prize purse of $200,000. Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland will be contested on dirt over a total distance of 1 1/16 miles.

Trainer Adam Kitchingman still has high hopes for Greyvitos as a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender despite some bumps along the way. A victory Saturday could set the stage for a trip to Churchill in early May, and I like this Virginia-bred colt’s chances to get it done. He will be making his 3-year-old racing debut after taking time off to deal with some health issues. Once considered a serious Derby hopeful as a juvenile, he captured bettors' attention with a victory in Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar in the seven-furlong run Nov. 11. He closed out the year with a victory in the ungraded Remington Springboard Mile to finish in the money in his third-straight race.

Sired by Malibu Moon, he has yet to make his way on Bovada’s Kentucky Derby futures board, but he does have a solid 6.18 rating by Horse Racing Nation.

Trainer Keith Desormeaux’s My Boy Jack should open as the morning-line favorite to win this race, and I like him as my second choice in a Lexington Stakes trifecta bet. This Kentucky-bred colt has been busy as a 3-year-old with three runs inside the top three in major graded events. After placing third in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes on Jan. 6 at Santa Anita Park, he went on to Oaklawn Park to finish first in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes on Feb. 19 over Combatant and Sporting Chance with a time of 1:46.00 in the 1 1/16-mile run. More recently, he placed third in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby behind Noble Indy at a longer distance of 1 1/8 miles.

This son of Creative Cause has been listed at +3300 betting odds on Bovada’s Kentucky Derby futures board and his current rating by HRN is 6.40, which is the highest in the projected field for the Lexington Stakes.

Rounding out my trifecta pick for Saturday’s main event at Keeneland is trainer Todd Pletcher’s Pony Up. On March 17, he placed second in the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Stakes on the synthetic track at Turfway Park over a distance of 1 1/8 miles. In his only run on dirt as a 3-year-old, he ended up fifth in the Grade 2 Holly Bull at Gulfstream Park at a distance of 1 1/16 miles. That was the only time he failed to take either first or second in the first six events of his racing career. As a juvenile, he placed second in a pair of ungraded stakes races at Gulfstream starting with the Pulpits Stakes at 1 mile followed a 7 ½-furlong run in the Kitten’s Joy Stakes.

Finishing in the money on dirt against a strong field could be a stretch for this pedigree of Aikenite, but Pletcher has this colt in this race for a reason.

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