LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Derby Kitten roared to victory in the $200,000 Lexington Stakes, surging past the leaders deep in the stretch to romp in the rain at Keeneland.
The 3-year-old colt bided his time before jockey Julien Leparoux perfectly timed a late-race push, allowing Derby Kitten to beat Prime Cut by 1½ lengths. Derby Kitten, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Mike Maker, paid $20.40, $6.60 and $3.60 while covering the 1 1-16-mile distance in 1:42.03.
Prime Cut, ridden by Edgar Prado, paid $4.40 and $3 for second. Casper's Touch finished third and paid $3. Silver Medallion, who could have qualified for next month's Kentucky Derby with a victory, stalked the pace but had no answer in the stretch and faded to fourth.
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