When entries were drawn for the Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes on Wednesday, the most notable thing about the list was who wasn't on it.
Grade I winner Jaycito will not contest Saturday's $200,000 Kentucky Derby prep race at Keeneland, leaving the 11⁄16-mile test with a field of six.
Jaycito had been under consideration for the race after missing the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 9 with a bruised right front foot. The son of Victory Gallop has not worked out since that time, and trainer Bob Baffert said that contributed to the decision to keep the colt in California.
"I've got to keep him out of the wet weather," Baffert said.
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He added that the Kentucky Derby is still a possibility for Jaycito because he does have enough graded stakes earnings ($250,000) to get into the field. Jaycito is 19th on the earnings list, and the Derby is limited to 20 starters.
Of the horses slated to run in the Lexington, only the Steve Asmussen-trained Silver Medallion has a shot of gaining enough earnings to make the Derby field should he claim the $120,000 that goes to the winner.
The likely morning-line favorite for the Lexington, Silver Medallion heads into the race with $184,334 in graded earnings off his win in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields and fourth-place run in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby.
The son of Badge of Silver is 1-for-2 lifetime on synthetic tracks. He started in the Grade I Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last October, finishing seventh for his previous trainer, Chad Brown.
Silver Medallion will break from post-position No. 2 with Javier Castellano up.
The Factor gets acquainted with Churchill Downs
George Bolton's graded stakes winner The Factor jogged around the Churchill Downs oval Wednesday, one day after arriving at the track.
The Factor is still considered probable for the Kentucky Derby in the wake of his seventh-place finish in the Grade I Arkansas Derby. Trainer Bob Baffert said he wouldn't make a final decision on the son of War Front until after he breezes him at Churchill.
Fellow Baffert trainee Midnight Interlude, winner of the Santa Anita Derby, is scheduled to arrive at Churchill on Thursday.
Team Valor's Animal Kingdom, winner of the Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway, is also scheduled to ship to Churchill on Thursday with a work tentatively scheduled for Saturday.
Two other Derby contenders, Mucho Macho Man and Decisive Moment, galloped over the track Wednesday morning.