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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 $250,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3)

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Arnaud Delacour (winning trainer of Divining Rod)

“It’s great to win at Keeneland – it’s ever better to win a graded stakes.”

 

On Diving Rod taking back rather than going for the lead

Quotes from the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3)

Shug McGaughey (winning trainer of 2-1 favorite Mr Speaker)

“I thought Jose (Lezcano) rode a great race on him. He had him in the slot the whole way there and was just kind of waiting. I saw him reach up and grab him again around the 4½ (furlong) pole, and I thought, ‘Well, he’s got a lot of horse. We’ll just see what happens when the running starts.’

Barn Notes -- Friday, April 18

SPECIAL: Tom Leach interviews trainer Al Stall Jr. on Ire, running in today’s Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3), and talks to trainer Ian Wilkes on Free as a Bird, entered in Saturday’s Giant’s Causeway Stakes.

 

AMI’S HOLIDAY NOT DERBY BOUND EVEN WITH COOLMORE LEXINGTON WIN

Barn Notes -- Wednesday, April 16

UNDEFEATED DIVINE OATH FACES 10 RIVALS IN STAKES DEBUT IN COOLMORE LEXINGTON

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.

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