Lexington Stakes

  • Location: Keeneland Racecourse, Kentucky
  • Inaugural Race: 1936
  • Current Distance: 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 3
  • 2018 Purse: $200,000
  • 2018 Race Date: Saturday, April 14th

2018 Lexington Stakes Entries and Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEYTRAINERWINPLACESHOW
12My Boy JackKent J. DesormeauxJ. Keith Desormeaux$5.00$3.20$2.40
2 Telekinesis Javier CastellanoMark E. Casse$4.60$3.40
7Pony UpJohn R. VelazquezTodd A. Pletcher$3.40
6GreyvitosJoel RosarioAdam Kitchingman
3Seven TrumpetsRobby AlbaradoDale L. Romans
10ZanesvilleJames GrahamThomas M. Amoss
4Honor UpJose L. OrtizWilliam I. Mott
9Navy Armed GuardDavid DelgadoJoan Scott
8GracidaJulien R. LeparouxDoug F. O'Neill
11Arched FeatherVictor LebronEdward Harrison Frederick

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (12-2) $21.80
  • $2 Trifecta (12-2-7)  $84.60
  • $2 Superfecta (12-2-7-6) $236.60

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Lexington Stakes History

First held as a race for 2-year-olds in 1936, this didn’t become a significant 3-year-old race until 1973, when it was known as the Calumet Purse. It was renamed the Lexington Stakes in 1984.

The Lexington Stakes gives horses a last chance to get into the Kentucky Derby. Points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby table was previously allocated to the first four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis, but that has been upgraded to 20-8-4-2 in 2018. It’s highly unlikely to be enough to earn the winner a Derby spot in itself, but the points can be enough to secure a start for a horse already on the fringe of qualifying.

Just two horses that ran in the Lexington Stakes have gone on to win the Derby; Swale, who finished second in the Lexington Stakes in 1984, and Charismatic, who won both races in 1999. Other winners of the race include the Classic winners Master Derby, Risen Star, and Touch Gold.

These days the race is used more often as a prep for the Preakness Stakes or Belmont Stakes than the Kentucky Derby; no Lexington Stakes runner has contested the Derby since 2011. Many of the horses won’t have contested earlier Derby prep races; punters may need to look at a wide variety of previous races when making their selections for this race.


Lexington Stakes Trivia

How many winners of the Lexington have also won the Kentucky Derby?

One

Only Charismatic has won both the Lexington and the Kentucky Derby, in 1999.

How many winners of the Lexington have also won the Preakness?

Three

Master Derby, Risen Star, Charismatic and each won the Preakness after winning the Lexington.

Which jockey holds the record for most wins in the Lexington?

Jerry Bailey

Jerry Bailey won the Lexington a record 6 times, in 1982, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999 and in 2004.

Which trainer holds the record for most wins in the Lexington?

Todd Pletcher

Todd Pletcher has won the race a record 5 times, in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Previous Winners of the Lexington

YearHorseJockeyTrainerOwner
2017Senior Investment Channing HillKenneth G. McPeekFern Circle Stables
2016CollectedJavier CastellanoBob BaffertSpeedway Stable
2015Divining RodJulien R. LeparouxArnaud DelacourLael Stables
2014Mr. SpeakerJose LezcanoClaude R. McGaughey IIIPhipps Stable
2013Winning CauseJulien LeparouxTodd PletcherAlto Racing
2012All Squared AwayJulio GarciaWesley WardAltamira Racing Stable
2011Derby KittenJulien LeparouxMike MakerKen & Sarah Ramsey
2010ExhiRobby AlbaradoTodd PletcherWertheimer et Frere
2009AdviceGarrett GomezTodd PletcherWinStar Farm LLC
2008BehindatthebarDavid FloresTodd PletcherPadua Stables. S. K. Sanan, et al.
2007Slew's TizzyRobby AlbaradoGregory J. FoxJoseph LaCombe Stable
2006Showing UpCornelio VelasquezBarclay TaggLael Stables
2005Coin SilverJavier CastellanoTodd PletcherPeachtree Stable
2004Quintons Gold RushJerry BaileySteve AsmussenPadua Stables & Jay Manoogian
2003ScrimshawEdgar PradoD. Wayne LukasBob & Beverly Lewis
2002Proud CitizenMike E. SmithD. Wayne LukasR.Baker/D.Cornstein/W.Mack
2001KeatsLarry MelanconNiall M. O'CallaghanHenry E. Pabst
2000UnshadedShane SellersCarl NafzgerJames Tafel, LLC
1999CharismaticJerry BaileyD. Wayne LukasBob & Beverly Lewis
1998Classic CatRobby AlbaradoDavid C. Cross, Jr.Gary M. Garber
1997Touch GoldGary StevensDavid HofmansF.Stronach & Stonerside Stable
1996City by NightShane SellersPatrick B. ByrneNancy & Richard Kaster
1995Star StandardPat DayNicholas P. ZitoW. J. Condren & J. Cornacchia
1994Southern RhythmGarrett GomezJames O. KeeferWilliam Heiligbrodt, et al.
1993Grand JewelJerry BaileyNeil J. HowardW. S. Farish III & W. S. Kilroy
1992My Luck Runs NorthRicardo LopezAngel M. MedinaMelvin A. Benitez
1991HanselJerry BaileyFrank L. BrothersLazy Lane Farms
1990Home at LastJerry BaileyCarl NafzgerRussell L. Reineman Stable
1989NotationPat DayJames W. MurphyJoan C. Johnson, et al.
1988Risen StarJacinto VasquezLouie J. Roussel IIILouie Roussel & Ronnie Lamarque
1987WarHerb McCauleyD. Wayne LukasTom Gentry
1986Wise TimesKeith AllenPhilip A. GleavesRussell L. Reineman Stable
1985Stephan's OdysseyLaffit Pincay, Jr.Woody StephensHenryk de Kwiatkowski
1984He Is a Great DealJulio C. EspinozaBernard S. FlintB.Flint & M. Palmisano
1983Highland ParkJacinto VasquezAnthony BasileBwamazon Farm & B.Jones
1982Stage ReviewerJerry BaileyLucien LaurinMrs. Lucien Laurin
1981Swinging LightDan DelahoussayeJames P. ConwayEdgar Zantker
1980Rockhill NativeJohn OldhamHerbert K. StevensHarry A. Oak
1979PianistMichael MorganPeter M. HowePillar Farm
1978Sensitive PrinceMickey SolomoneH. Allen JerkensJoseph Taub
1977GibouleeJeffrey FellJacques DumasJean-Louis Levesque
1976No LinkDarrel McHargueDouglas Davis, Jr.Fred Selz & Gus Blass
1975Master DerbyDarrel McHargueSmiley AdamsGolden Chance Farm
1974Satan's HillsDavid WhitedPeter W. Salmen, Jr.Crimson King Farm
1973Our Native †Don BrumfieldWilliam Resseguet, Jr.M.Prichard & W.Resseguet
1938-1972No Race
1937Co-SportPorter RobertsRobert L. DotterBert Friend
1936White TieJoseph CowleyJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Manhasset Stable