Lexington Stakes 2023 Field, Odds and Picks for Saturday 4/15/23 - Kentucky Derby Prep
The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues with the final points race Saturday at Keeneland with the 1 1/16 mile Lexington Stakes.
The Grade 3 race not only awards Kentucky Derby points to the top 5 finishers (20-8-6-4-2), but it may impact the 2023 Kentuck Derby Odds for those horses. As one of the designated Kentucky Derby points races, a strong performance in this event can improve a horse's odds of making it to the starting gate for the May 6th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The top 20 horses on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, based on their point totals earned in these designated races, will have the opportunity to be 2023 Kentucky Derby contenders and potentially claim the title of champion.
Winning Kentucky Derby Prep Race Picks
Kentucky Derby prep winning picks in February, March and April on multiple races, including:
- Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs (Litigate: 3/1)
- Withers Stakes at Aqueduct (Hit Show: 7/5)
- Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita (Newgate: 6/5)
- Holy Bull at Gulfstream (Rocket Can: 5/2)
- Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn (Reincarnate, 3rd at 5/1)
- Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream (Forte: 3/2)
- Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds (Kingsbarns: 9/2, Disarm: 8/1, 1st & 2nd)
- Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park (Two Phil's: 3/1)
- UAE Derby at Meydan in Dubai (Derma Sotogake: 10/1)
- Florida Derby at Gulfstream (Forte: 2/5)
- Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland (Tapit Trice: 8/5)
- Santa Anita Derby (Practical Move: 1/1)
- Wood Memorial at Aqueduct (Hit Show, 2nd by a nose to 59/1 winner)
FanDuel Racing has you covered for the biggest racing days and events. Saturday's $400,000 Grade 3 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes for 3-year-olds is Race 9 at 5:16 p.m. ET on April 15. It's followed by the $600,000 Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
The Lexington Stakes offers watch and wager action through FanDuel Racing on FanDuel TV.
Lexington Stakes Field and Odds
1. Baseline Beater (20/1)
Jockey: Corey Lanarie
2. Reinvest (30/1)
Jockey: Joe Talamo
3. Demolition Duke (6/1)
Jockey: Flavien Prat
4. Transect (30/1)
Jockey: Gerardo Corrales
5. First Mission (3/1)
Jockey: Luis Saez
6. Disarm (7/2)
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
7. Denington (20/1)
Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.
8. Empirestrikesfast (4/1)
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
9. Prairie Hawk (15/1)
Jockey: John Velazquez
10. Curly, Larry and Mo (30/1)
Jockey: Reylu Gutierrez
11. Arabian Lion (7/2)
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Lexington Stakes Picks
Louisiana Derby runner-up Disarm has a chance to use the race as a last-bounce springboard to the Kentucky Derby. Disarm is a son of the great Gun Runner for trainer Steve Asmussen, and he has 40 points on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" leaderboard. A first, second or third-place finish moves Disarm ahead of Louisiana Derby third-place finisher Jace's Road for the last spot in the 20-horse Run for the Roses. Disarm has finished in-the-money in all four career starts. He paid out a nice $2 exacta of $94.60 in his second-place finish behind winner Kingsbarns in the Louisiana Derby, which was his stakes debut.
Empirestrikesfast is by Empire Maker, who won the Belmont Stakes, Wood Memorial and Florida Derby, and finished runner-up in the 2003 Kentucky Derby. Empirestrikesfast makes just his second start after a most impressive debut maiden win, going two turns and posting a 101-speed figure for trainer Bill Mott. The gelding beat Dreamlike in that Allowance race last month, and Dreamlike came back to finish third in last weekend’s Wood Memorial. Empirestrikesfirst will be pointed towards the Belmont Stakes, but he's a strong win contender in the Lexington Stakes.
Arabian Lion is a son of Triple Crown winner Justify. He'll try to press the pace with a good break and is a win contender along with Empirestrikesfast, according to Guaranteed Tip Sheet.
First Mission and longshot Denington are also horses to use underneath in exacta and trifecta wagering.
PIck: Empirestrikesfast and Disarm
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.