West Coast, a recent maiden winner at Santa Anita, will try to give trainer Bob Baffert back-to-back triumphs in the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes when he faces nine rivals.
West Coast was second in his debut Feb. 18 before breaking his maiden by 3 1/4 lengths three weeks later at the Lexington distance of 1 1/16 mile. Flavien Prat has the mount on West Coast and will break from post 10.
Baffert will seek back-to-back wins of the Lexington after taking it last year with Collected. Favoritism in the race, however, might go to No Dozing.
Trained by Arnaud Delacour, No Dozing comes into the Lexington off a fourth-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby. No Dozing was fourth to Classic Empire in last fall’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at the track and closed 2016 with a runner-up finish in the Remsen Stakes.
Owner Lael Stables has won this race twice, most recently in 2015 with Delacour trainee Divining Rod. Lael also won the 2006 edition with Showing Up.
Joel Rosario has the mount on No Dozing and will break from post 4.
Others with graded stakes experience in the field are:
-- Senior Investment, sixth in the Louisiana Derby;
-- Convict Pike, third in the Spiral Stakes;
-- Capt. Grider, ninth in the Bashford Manor Stakes last year; and
-- Lookin at Blessing, sixth the Champagne Stakes last year.
The Stonestreet Lexington will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 11-race program with a 5:34 p.m. EDT post time.
The Stonestreet Lexington field
1 Resiliency, Florent Geroux, 118
2 Souper Tapit, Robby Albarado, 118
3 Senior Investment, Channing Hill, 118
4 No Dozing, Joel Rosario, 118
5 Time to Travel, Edgar Prado, 118
6 Convict Pike, Angel Cruz, 118
7 Capt. Grider, Jesus Castanon, 118
8 He’s Munnie, Miguel Mena, 118
9 Lookin At Blessing, Nik Juarez, 118
10 West Coast, FlavienPrat, 118
By Dick Downey with content from Keeneland press release