As it always has since the Road to the Kentucky Derby was first introduced, the 2018 Lexington Stakes served as the final event. Offering just 20 derby points to the winner and a purse of $200,000, this race is about prestige and all-important momentum more than anything else. My Boy Jack, who entered as the clear favorite, earned both of those in a strong performance on Saturday.
Greyvitos led early on as the pace setter, and with 7/2 odds, a wire to wire victory was in play for the second choice. He was tracked by the remainder of the field who hit the quarter-mile at :23.28 and gracing past the half-mile pole at :47.11. Way in the back was My Boy Jack who strode 10 lengths off the lead and started to make his move around the second turn.
With a three-quarter mile pace of 1:12.03, Greyvitos remained in the lead but as they entered the homestretch he was surpassed by Telekinesis, another 7/2 consideration, who had stalked him the entire way. My Boy Jack swung wide and then slammed the gas pedal, grinding out a drive to remember as he closed the gap with remarkable vigour and edged Telekinesis at the wire by mere inches.
With the win in the 2018 Lexington Stakes, My Boy Jack paid out $5.00 while Telekinesis was worth $4.60 to place. Pony Up was also strong in the homestretch, and passed by a faded Greyvitos to take third with $3.40 to show off of 5/1 odds.
It was a big day for Don’t Tell My Wife Stables who own My Boy Jack. “Unbelievable. Everyone knows we came here to get points, and he got the job done today,” said Kirk Godby, one of My Boy Jack’s owners. “We’re just thrilled. When I saw Kent bring him out down the backstretch and we were within six or seven lengths, I felt pretty good about it. I was just hoping he had the gas to get home in the short stretch.”
The often run My Boy Jack is 3-3-2 off of 10 starts with $645,145 in earnings thus far. He now heads to the 2018 Kentucky Derby as a bit of a fan favorite, but will stand in line as a longshot behind the six horses who have solidified themselves as clear contenders. That group is headlined by Justify and Mendelssohn.
As for Telekinesis, the 2018 Lexington Stakes proved that he’s a special horse who just needs to learn a thing or two before he returns to compete this summer. Mark Casse said firmly that, “He is a star. We’re just playing catch up with him right now.” Telekinesis won his maiden in February but finished 3rd in a more recent allowance a month later. His 2018 Lexington Stakes run certainly showed off some nice potential. Though he won’t make it to the derby, he’s a horse to track for the later events like the Travers in the summer.