The impact Saturday's Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes could have on the Kentucky Derby picture may be minimal at best. However, Keeneland's 11⁄16-mile race might have some implications by the time the Triple Crown reaches its second leg.
Of the six horses entered in the Lexington Stakes, only Silver Medallion has a chance to make the Derby field on the basis of graded stakes earnings should he pick up the $120,000 first-place check.
For a couple of the sophomores slated to start Saturday, a start in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21 could be in store should they perform impressively in the Lexington.
Trainer Kenny McPeek has been extremely high on Casper's Touch since his 2-year-old season when he took him to Royal Ascot and saddled him to a third-place finish in the Chesham Stakes on the turf.
The son of Touch Gold had his Derby aspirations take a hit when he finished a troubled seventh in the Grade II Fountain of the Youth Stakes on Feb. 26, but he rebounded with a 3-length win in a 7-furlong allowance race at Keene-land on April 8.
The Neil Howard-trained Prime Cut is another who could use the Lexington as a Preakness Stakes springboard. The son of Bernstein enters the race off a victory going 1 mile and 70 yards at Fair Grounds on March 26 and was beaten by a nose in his only start going 11⁄16 miles, an optional claiming event at Fair Grounds on Feb. 11.