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Divining Rod Wins Coolmore Lexington, Protonico Romps in Ben Ali in Record Time and Katie’s Eyes Upsets Giant’s Causeway

LEXINGTON, KY (April 11, 2015) – Lael Stables’ Divining Rod, who had set the pace in his two previous races, rallied to win the 34th running of the $250,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) by three lengths over favored Donworth and picked up 10 points on the road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Quotes from the $150,000 Ben Ali (G3)

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Tristan Barry (assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Protonico)

On Protonico’s performance in his last race, in which he was eased in the Feb. 7 Donn (G1) at Gulfstream.

“Just a complete head scratcher – throw it out. He’s back today.”


Javier Castellano (winning rider)

Quotes from the $150,000 Ben Ali (G3)

Ken McPeek (winning trainer of Frac Daddy)

“He’s been training freaky good lately. From the beginning, he’s been an extremely talented horse but mentally he was a horse that was a little fragile. I think the (Kentucky) Derby (G1) was a little tough on him because of the big field and it came up muddy, but the older he’s getting, the better he’s getting obviously.

Barn Notes -- Thursday, April 17


Pearl Turn represents a number of firsts for her 30-year-old trainer, Will VanMeter. On March 14 at Oaklawn, the 4-year-old Bernardini filly became his first winner when she captured an allowance race by five lengths. On Friday, she will be VanMeter’s first starter in a stakes and first starter at Keeneland when she breaks from post three in the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) with Rosie Napravnik.

Barn Notes -- Wednesday, April 16


Let’s Go Stable’s undefeated Divine Oath, who did not draw into last Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1) field off the also-eligible list, will face 10 rivals this Saturday when he makes his stakes debut in the 33rd running of the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Successful Dan Controls the Pace to Win the Ben Ali

LEXINGTON, KY (April 21, 2013) – Not to be outdone by his year-younger half-brother, Wise Dan, Successful Dan controlled the pace to win the 83rd running of the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) on Sunday, a year after Wise Dan won the same race to launch his Horse of the Year campaign. The performance came on Military Appreciation Day, which attracted 20,244 fans for the third-largest Sunday crowd at Keeneland since the track began racing on Sundays in the spring of 1991.

Quotes - $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3)

Charlie LoPresti (winning trainer of Successful Dan)

“He has tremendous heart. He’s got a lot of talent, and his injuries here lately haven’t been very bad. At Saratoga, he had some filling in his pastern. Probably I could have run him, but you want them to be 100 percent with a horse of this caliber. It wasn’t that hard to get him back to this race. (Jockey) Julien (Leparoux) has breezed him these past two times, and he’s told me he was as good as ever. And Dr. Larry Bramlage checked him and gave him a clean bill of health.”



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