A list of likely entries in the 2012 Lexington Stakes is already starting to form.
The 2012 Lexington Stakes looks like the premier horse race for the upcoming weekend, and we wanted to take a minute to preview all of the likely entries that look destined to run at Keeneland on April 21st. The Lexington Stakes is a 1 1/16-mile race for three-year-olds on a synthetic dirt surface, and there are already 6 horses lined up that should be amongst the likely entries.
Although the Lexington Stakes isn’t considered one of the premier Triple Crown warm-ups, the race has produced some high quality horses in the past. Charismatic was the 1999 winner of the Lexington Stakes, and he went on to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes that year. 1997 Lexington Stakes winner Touch Gold went on to win the Belmont Stakes, while 1991 winner Hansel took home Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes wins. Risen Star took home the Lexington Stakes in 1988 before going on to win the Preakness and the Belmont as well, and this race could introduce the world to a potential Triple Crown horse racing star in the 2012 edition.
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2012 Lexington Stakes – Likely Entries:
Golden Ticket – A win here will put him in the Triple Crown discussion after he finished an impressive 2nd in the Tampa Bay Derby. He took 4 tries to break his maiden but has never finished worse than 2nd in 3 career races at 1 1/16-miles.
Reveron – Has finished 3rd or better in all 6 career races and has looked good since jumping up in competition to start 2012. He was 1st in the Gulfstream Park Derby, 3rd in the Sam F. Davis, and 2nd in the Florida Derby most recently. Reveron will be one of the most experienced horses amongst the 2012 Lexington Stakes’ likely entries.
Stirred Up – Took 3 tries to break his maiden at Santa Anita but then took home a 3rd place finish in the Sunland Derby last time out. This horse is still new to the racing scene and all 4 of his career races have come in 2012. Stirred Up is sired by 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid and has quite a bit of untapped potential.
Holiday Promise – This three-year-old is coming off a 2nd place finish in the Spiral and the Lexington Stakes will be his 5th career race at a mile or longer. Holiday Promise has faced a solid group of horses in his young career and is sired by Harlan’s Holiday.
Summer Front – This is the most interesting horse in the 2012 Lexington Stakes field because of the fact that he is both undefeated and has always run on turf. Summer Front broke his maiden at Belmont and then went on to win the King Cugat and Dania Beach most recently. It will be interesting to see if he can handle the racing surface transition here.
Arm Force – This will be the most inexperienced horse amongst the likely entries for the Lexington Stakes, but he looked impressive while breaking his maiden last time out at Gulfstream Park. He’s never raced beyond 7 furlongs before and has just 2 career races with none being above maiden-breaking level, but you should never count out a horse that was sired by 2-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow.