Anothetwistafate and Sueno will enter Saturday’s $200,000 Lexington (G3) outside the Kentucky Derby bubble, ranking 23rd and 25th respectively on the leaderboard, and the 20-point winner’s prize should be enough to guarantee either a spot in the 20-horse Derby field. The stakes winners highlight a 10-horse field in the 1 1/16-mile race at Keeneland.
Anothertwistafate picked up 10 points and capped a three-race win streak when recording a seven-length romp in the February 16 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. He just missed securing a Kentucky Derby berth in the March 24 Sunland Derby (G2), rallying fast to be a neck second, and increased his points ledger to 30.The dark bay colt is by Scat Daddy, sire of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, and Anothertwistafate likes to be forwardly placed. Javier Castellano picks up the mount for trainer Blaine Wright.
Sueno won a listed stakes at Golden Gate Fields in early December and has placed in three straight qualifiers since, finishing second in the Sham (G3) at Santa Anita and Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park before posting a third in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. Keith Desormeaux conditions the well-traveled colt and Corey Lanerie will be back up on the stalker.
As part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, the Lexington is worth a combined 34 points (20-8-4-2 scale).
Harvey Wallbanger may be prepping for a Preakness bid on May 18. A maiden winner in his juvenile finale, the Kenny McPeek-trained colt opened 2019 with a 29-1 upset in the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park but did not carry his form forward in the Florida Derby (G1), checking in a well-beaten eighth. Brian Hernandez Jr. rides.
Zelden looks like the one to catch following a fourth in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). The former sprinter reeled off wicked splits on the front end and was beaten only four lengths by Tacitus, who came to capture the Wood Memorial (G2) last weekend. Hawaiian Noises will make his make his first graded stakes start with a three-race win streak in tow, most recently taking the 6 ½-furlong Animal Kingdom at Turfway Park. Knicks Go, who sprung a 70-1 upset the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at long odds last fall, is also entered. The speedy colt must rebound from three consecutive unplaced outings.