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Seven Entered in Coolmore Lexington


Divining Rod, runner-up in the Sam F. Davis Stakes and third in the Tampa Bay Derby, headlines a field of seven entered for Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile race serves as the penultimate chance for horses to earn points toward the Kentucky Derby. The Arkansas Derby will go to post about two hours after the Lexington. The race offers 17 points on a 10-4-2-1 scale, but none of Saturday’s entrants is expected to compete in the Run for the Roses.

The Coolmore Lexington will go as the 10th race on Saturday’s 11-race program with a 5:18 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 12:35 p.m.

Trained by Arnaud Delacour, Divining Rod set the pace in the Tampa Bay Derby. He finished 71/2 lengths behind Carpe Diem, who won last Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass. In the Sam F. Davis Stakes, he overtook Catalina Red early in the race and lost to Ocean Knight by only a neck.

Julien Leparoux has the mount on Divining Rod and will break from post 1.

Invading from California for the race is Fame and Power, trained by Bob Baffert. He broke his maiden in his most recent start going seven furlongs at Santa Anita on March 8. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount on Fame and Power, who will exit post 6.

The field for the Coolmore Lexington, from the rail out: Divining Rod (Leparoux, 118 pounds), Comfort (Javier Castellano, 118), Quimet (Jose Lezcano, 118), Tiznow R J (Robby Albarado, 118), Henry Jones (Paco Lopez, 118), Fame and Power (Ortiz Jr., 118) and Donworth (Joel Rosario, 118).

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