The Day at the Races: Unbeaten Divine Oath heads Lexington Stakes field

April 16, 2014 

The Day at the Races

Wednesday's figures: On-track attendance, 8,592; on-track betting, $616,244.90; total betting including simulcast, $5,837,833.49.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 9,141; on-track betting, $663,600; total betting including simulcast, $5,784,080.

Coming up: Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten Kaboodle, winner of the Grade III Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland in October, makes her second start of 2014 when she faces a field that includes Group III winner Lacarolina in the Grade III Appalachian Stakes on Thursday going 1 mile on the turf.

Final furlong

■ Undefeated Divine Oath, who did not draw into last Saturday's Grade I Toyota Blue Grass field, will face 10 rivals Saturday when he makes his stakes debut in the Grade III, $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes going 11⁄16 miles on the main track. Trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won this race five times, including last year with Winning Cause, Divine Oath has won both of his races going 7½ furlongs on the turf.

Prominent challengers to Divine Oath are a quartet of Grade III winners: Ami's Holiday, Mr Speaker and the Wayne Catalano-trained duo of Poker Player and Solitary Ranger.

■ Aptly named His Race to Win delivered on his moniker during Wednesday's featured seventh race. The 4-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic angled out from behind horses at the head of the lane and out-fought 6-5 favorite Kalamos in the stretch to earn his third win in his last four starts.

■ In Wednesday's other featured race, the fifth, Bruce Lunsford's homebred Valentino Beauty led all the way to hold off favored Grand Arch by 1¼ lengths, completing the 11⁄16 miles in 1:43.27 over a turf course labeled firm.


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