Apr 22, 2005
Lexington Stakes attracts eight Derby hopefuls
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Highly-regarded Rockport Harbor is listed as
the 6-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's $325,000 Lexington Stakes at
Keeneland. The oft-injured three-year-old will take on seven rivals in the
1 1/16 mile test.
Rockport Harbor finished his two-year-old campaign undefeated in four starts,
but suffered a hoof injury in his final race. That injury has flared up this year
to hinder his training. The colt missed the Arkansas Derby after being diagnosed
with a blood clot in his lungs.
Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Rockport Harbor is trained by John Servis and ridden
by Stewart Elliott, the duo who conditioned and rode last year's Kentucky Derby
winner Smarty Jones. Rockport Harbor finished second in his only start of 2005
in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He will start from post five on Saturday.
The 4-1 second choice in the program is Going Wild, who will break from post
four with Gary Stevens in the saddle. The colt is coming off a seventh-place
finish in the Wood Memorial after wins in the San Miguel and Sham Stakes. He
also was second in the Santa Catalina Stakes behind Declan's Moon.
Going Wild is owned by Robert and Beverly Lewis, who sent out Charismatic
in this race in 1999 on his way to winning the Kentucky Derby. The Lewis'
also owned 1997 Derby winner Silver Charm. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas,
Going Wild has earned $219,920 in his career. Lukas has trained four
Kentucky Derby winners.
Storm Surge and Sort It Out are both listed at 5-1 in morning line.
Storm Surge will start from post three with Robby Albarado riding. The colt,
owned by Overbrook Farm and trained by Dallas Stewart, had been racing at
the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. He won the Lecomte Stakes followed by
third-place finishes in the Risen Star Stakes and the Louisiana Derby. Storm Surge
has won five of 10 lifetime starts for $335,270.
Sort It Out will be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela from post six. He is owned by
Stonerside Stable and Preferred Partners, and trained by Bob Baffert. Sort It Out
captured the Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct before joining Baffert. He was
eighth in the Louisiana Derby and third in the WinStar Derby. Sort It Out has
earned $207,375 in 11 starts and four wins.
Completing the field for Lexington Stakes are Actxecutive, Coin Silver, Skye'n
Thunder and Forever Wild.
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