Swipe Makes 2016 Debut In G3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes

by | 04.13.2016 | 3:47pm
Nyquist holds off the challenge of Swipe (green cap) to win the G1 FrontRunner

Big Chief Racing, Fizzy Racing and Billy Shelton's Swipe, runner-up in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) here last fall, will open his 3-year-old campaign Saturday when he heads a field of 10 entered Wednesday for the 35th running of the $150,000 Lexington (G3).

The Lexington, run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, will go as the ninth race on Saturday's 11-race program with a 4:59 p.m. post time.

The Lexington serves as the final Kentucky race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby offering 17 total points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the first- through fourth-place finishers.

The $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) is limited to the top 20 points earners entered. The current cut line is 32 points.

Trained by Keith Desormeaux, Swipe picked up 12 points toward the Derby with his Breeders' Cup result and a second-place finish to Nyquist in the FrontRunner (G1). Flavien Prat has the mount Saturday and will break from post position four.

Other Lexington entrants with Derby points are Collected (11), Riker (10) and Synchrony (2).

Speedway Stable's Collected, trained by Bob Baffert, won the Sham (G3) in January and in his most recent start won the Sunland Festival of Racing in front-running fashion.

Javier Castellano has the mount and will leave post 10.

Team Valor International, Gary Barber and Tucci Stables' Riker won his first four starts on the all-weather surface at Woodbine and then finished sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile after setting the pace. Riker, sixth in his 2016 debut in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), will break from post position eight and be ridden by Florent Geroux.

Pin Oak Stable's Synchrony, who broke his maiden here last fall, enters the Lexington off a sixth-place finish in the Southwest (G3). Trained by Donnie Von Hemel, Synchrony will be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan and break from post position five.

The field for the Lexington, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: One More Round (Jose Lezcano, 118 pounds), Direct Message (Luis Saez, 118), Lomcevak (Jesus Castanon, 118), Swipe (Prat, 118), Synchrony (Bridgmohan, 118), Big Squeeze (Chris Landeros, 118), Call the Colonel (Julien Leparoux, 118), Riker (Geroux, 118), Yo Carm (Robby Albarado, 118) and Collected (Castellano,120).

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