- 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
2020 Lexington Stakes Entries and Results
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Lexington Stakes HistoryFirst 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
Brad H. Cox
My Boy Jack
J. Keith Desormeaux
Kent J. Desormeaux
Don't Tell My Wife Stables and Monomoy Stables, LLC
Kenneth G. McPeek
Fern Circle Stables
Julien R. Leparoux
Claude R. McGaughey III
All Squared Away
Altamira Racing Stable
Ken & Sarah Ramsey
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