LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Mr Speaker took charge down the stretch to win the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday and earn 10 points toward the Kentucky Derby, but will be a spectator to the Triple Crown.
With just 17 total points at stake in this Grade 3 race and facing a two-week turnaround before the 140th Derby on May 3, the winner was a longshot for Churchill Downs. But the Shug McGaughey-trained colt lived up to billing as the favorite in this last-chance Derby prep, contending throughout before breaking clear in the stretch to win by four lengths and earn his second stakes victory.
Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Mr Speaker covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.18 and paid $6.20, $3.40 and $2.40.
Divine Oath returned $3.80 and $2.80 for four points; Supermonic paid $3.00 and earned two.
Ami's Holiday earned a point for fourth in his season debut.
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