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Apr 19, 2013

Filly headlines Lexington Stakes


Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Eleven 3-year-olds, including one filly, have been entered in Saturday's $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in a final attempt to gain entry into next month's Kentucky Derby.

Won last year by 70-1 longshot All Squared Away, the 1 1/16-mile Lexington is the next to last chance to add points in the Kentucky Derby points system. The winner receives 20 points followed by 8, 4 and 2 for the next three finishers. The same amount of points will be available in next week's Derby Trial.

Topping the field is trainer Ken McPeek's filly Pure Fun. Owned by Magdalena Racing, the filly will start from the far outside post with Rosie Napravnik riding. Last week, McPeek sent out Java's War to win the Blue Grass Stakes.

Pure Fun can earn points from the Lexington for a spot in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 3. She currently has 20 points.

The filly is coming off a third in the Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park on March 23 when she was the 4-5 favorite.

"It looked like she was fighting the track a little the last quarter of a mile," McPeek said after the race. "It's her first start of the year and we thought she had a chance to get beat today. But she's a good filly and it's a step in the right direction."

Of her three wins in nine starts, Pure Fun's lone stakes victory came in last December's Hollywood Starlet. The filly has banked $352,899.

Shipping in from Maryland will be Where's Dominic, trained by Michael Trombetta for R.D.M. Racing Stable. The colt will break from post 5 with Edgar Prado in the saddle.

Where's Dominic finished on the board in two stakes this year at Laurel Park. On Feb 9, he was second to Dynamic Strike in the Miracle Wood Stakes and fourth behind Mr Palmer in the track's Private Terms Stakes on March 9.

Where's Dominic has earned $69.860 with two wins in five starts.

Here is the full field in post position order for the Lexington: Winning Cause, Julien Leparoux; Pick of the Litter, Jesus Castanon; River Rocks, James Graham; Hip Four Sixtynine, Gabriel Saez; Where's Dominic, Edgar Prado; Sunbean, Gary Stevens; Examen, Garrett Gomez; Cerro, Joel Rosario; Wings of Fortune, Calvin Borel; General Election, Joe Rocco Jr. and Pure Fun, Rosie Napravnik.

Post-time for the 32nd Lexington Stakes will be approximately 5:15 p.m. (ET).

Charismatic followed his 1999 Lexington victory with wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

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