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
  • 2021 Purse: $200,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, April 10th
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2020 Lexington Stakes Entries and Results

**RACE POSTPONED**



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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.

Previous Winners of the Lexington

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2020
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2019
Owendale
Florent Geroux
Brad H. Cox
Rupp Racing
2018
My Boy Jack
J. Keith Desormeaux
Kent J. Desormeaux
Don't Tell My Wife Stables and Monomoy Stables, LLC
2017
Senior Investment
Channing Hill
Kenneth G. McPeek
Fern Circle Stables
2016
Collected
Javier Castellano
Bob Baffert
Speedway Stable
2015
Divining Rod
Julien R. Leparoux
Arnaud Delacour
Lael Stables
2014
Mr. Speaker
Jose Lezcano
Claude R. McGaughey III
Phipps Stable
2013
Winning Cause
Julien Leparoux
Todd Pletcher
Alto Racing
2012
All Squared Away
Julio Garcia
Wesley Ward
Altamira Racing Stable
2011
Derby Kitten
Julien Leparoux
Mike Maker
Ken & Sarah Ramsey

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