Connemara leads 12-horse field for Lexington

Connemara will try to earn his way into the Kentucky Derby in

the $300,000 Lexington Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland.

The 3-year-old colt trained by Todd Pletcher will start from the

No. 10 post in the 12-horse field. The Lexington is a final major

prep for the May 1 Derby. Connemara will be ridden by Russell


Connemara won the El Camino Real Derby in February and finished

third in the Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park last month. He

currently has $138,500 in graded stakes earnings and would easily

move into the top 20 in graded earnings by taking home the $180,000

winner’s share Saturday.

Pletcher, who has won the Lexington in each of the last two

years, also saddles Exhi in the Lexington.

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