From Post 12
By Dick Downey with content from Keeneland
Updated 2:39 pm
My Boy Jack, winner of the Southwest Stakes and most recently third in the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby, may need Kentucky Derby points, and he'll be looking for them in Saturday's Stonestreet Lexington Stakes.
The field of 12 for the 37th running of the Lexington is larger than foreseen by Keeneland officials, and My Boy Jack, trained by Keith Desormeaux, will break from the far outside post under Keith's brother Kent.
With 32 Kentucky Derby points, My Boy Jack is 21st on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard. Winning the race would mean 20 more points, assuring him a spot in the Derby starting gate. It gets more complicated after that.
A second-place finish is worth eight points, and that would put My Boy Jack in a points tie with Hofburg; however, of those two My Boy Jack would have priority because he has more earnings in non-restricted stakes races. In that case, even if two horses not in the top 20 win and place in the Arkansas Derby, My Boy Jack would have enough points to be in the Kentucky Derby.
A third-place finish in the Lexington would yield four points, and that would put My Boy Jack ahead of number 19 Solomini -- but only if Solomini doesn't finish in the top four in Saturday's Arkansas Derby.
Kentucky Derby Leaderboard
The Stonestreet Lexington, run at 1 1/16 mile, has a short-stretch finish line, and My Boy Jack is a closer breaking from the far outside post, so he and Desormeaux may have their work cut out for them.
Three other horses with Kentucky Derby points are in the field: Greyvitos, who has 10, Seven Trumpets wtih nine and Pony Up with eight.
Greyvitos will make his first start of the year after a long rehab. In 2017, he won the Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar in November and then won the Remington Springboard Mile and his 10 Derby points at in December, 10 days after escaping the devastating fire that claimed the lives of 46 horses at San Luis Rey Training Center in California. Trained by Adam Kitchingman, Greyvitos will be ridden by Joel Rosario and break from post 6.
Seven Trumpets, trained by Dale Romans, has nine points earned from a second-place finish in the Jerome Stakes and a fourth in the Sunland Derby. He'll break from post 3 under Robby Albarado.
Pony Up finished second in the Jeff Ruby Steaks on synthetic track at Turfway Park in his most recent start. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Pony Up will be ridden by John Velazquez and break from post 7.
Telekinesis, a son of Ghostzapper, is a Canadian homebred for Stonestreet Stables LLC, sponsor of the Lexington. A two-time starter trained by Mark Casse, he impressively broke his maiden sprinting at Fair Grounds in February. In a Fair Grounds 1 1/16-mile allowance race facing older horses on March 9 at the same track, he finished a close third. He will break from post 2 with Javier Castellano aboard.
The field for the Stonestreet Lexington, with riders and weights from the inside, is: Battle At Sea (Kendrick Carmouche, 118 pounds), Telekinesis (Javier Castellano, 118), Seven Trumpets (Robby Albarado, 118), Honor Up (Jose Ortiz, 118), Magicalmeister (John McKee, 118), Greyvitos (Rosario, 120), Pony Up (Velazquez, 118), Gracida (Julien Leparoux, 118), Navy Armed Guard (David Delgado, 118), Zanesville (James Graham, 118), Arched Feather (Victor Lebron, 118) and My Boy Jack (Desormeaux, 120).
This story was updated to reflect that Seven Trjumpets also has Kentucky Derby points.