Disarm Pursues Possible Derby Start in G3 Stonestreet Lexington

April 12, 2023

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Keeneland Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Disarm, runner-up in the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) in his most recent start, will try to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve starting gate when he heads a field of 11 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 41st running of the $400,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3).

The 1 1/16-mile test will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 11-race program with a 5:16 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1 p.m.

The Stonestreet Lexington is the final race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and carries 40 points that will be awarded on a 20-8-6-4-2 basis to the first- through fifth-place finishers. The Derby is limited to the top 20 point earners and invitees that pass the entry box.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Disarm has his 40 points from the Louisiana Derby. The current cut is 45 points.

Owning a record of 4-1-2-1, Disarm will be ridden Saturday by Jose Ortiz and exit post position six.

Arabian Lion (inside) works in company with Mr. Fisk April 9 (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Also figuring to draw support is Zedan Racing Stables’ Arabian Lion.

Arabian Lion, trained by Bob Baffert, will be making his first start since finishing fourth in the Robert B. Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita on Feb. 4. Runner-up in an allowance race here last fall on the Breeders’ Cup undercard, Arabian Lion will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and leave from post position 11.

The field for the Stonestreet Lexington, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Baseline Beater (Corey Lanerie, 118 pounds), Reinvest (Joe Talamo, 118), Demolition Duke (Flavien Prat, 118), Transect (Gerardo Corrales, 118), First Mission (Luis Saez, 118), Disarm (Jose Ortiz, 118), Denington (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), Empirestrikesfast (Frankie Dettori, 118), Prairie Hawk (John Velazquez, 118), Curly Larry and Mo (Rey Gutierrez, 118), Arabian Lion (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118).

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