By Dick Downey
Dismissed at 70-1 based on poor past performances, All Squared Away won the Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes in his first start for trainer Wesley Ward.
After a rapid early pace of :23.21 and :46.84, All Squared Away and Julio Garcia were in fourth place, three lengths off the lead. They came on late to prevail over post-time favorite Summer Front by 1 1/2 length. The 1 1/16-mile race was timed in 1:42.55.
Johannesbourbon vied for the early lead with Castaway, who backed out it early in the race. Johannesbourbon was on the lead in the far turn, with Hammers Terror second and All Squared Away third.
At the finish, All Squared Away surged to the lead, and easily held off a fast-finishing Summer Front, who was favored at 2-1. Hammers Terror was a neck back of Summer Front in third, followed another three-quarters length by Gold Megillah.
The remaining finishers, in order, were Golden Ticket, Holiday Promise, Johannesbourbon, Skyring, Castaway, News Pending and Morgan's Guerilla.The latter one was sent off as the second choice at 5-1 odds and beaten 34 1/4 lengths.
After failing to win four maiden claiming races, All Squared Away broke his maiden at Golden Gate on January 22. He hit the finish line seventh in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby and finished second in a starter allowance at Santa Anita next time out. In him most recent start, All Squared Away finished a distant sixth in the Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes. He was previously trained by Peter Miller.
All Squared Away is owned by Altamira Racing Stable and Wire to Wire Racing, Inc.. A son of Bellamy Road, he was bred in Kentucky by Gracefield Breeders. He's out of the Posse mare Squared.
The race didn't yield any contenders for the Kentucky Derby.