Derby Notes: Lexington Stakes Winner Keats 'Possible'

From Churchill Downs
You can add the name of Henry Pabst's Keats to the list of "possible" starters for Kentucky Derby 127 after the son of Hennessy rolled to a frontrunning victory in Saturday's $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Grade II) at Keeneland.

Keats rebounded from a troubled eighth-place effort in the Spiral (GII) at Turfway Park to score a three-quarter length victory in the Coolmore Lexington. Jockey Larry Melancon was aboard the Niall O'Callaghan-trained colt as he covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43 2/5 on a "fast" track.

Arkansas Derby (GII) runner-up Jamaican Rum is scheduled to work after the break Monday. Trainer James Cassidy is scheduled to be in to supervise the work.

With exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up, Jamaican Rum galloped a mile and a half after the break.

Trainer Ken McPeek plans to work Gift Of The Eagle a half-mile Monday in preparation for Saturday's Derby Trial (GIII), and Saint Damien seven furlongs. Mike Smith is scheduled to be up on Gift Of The Eagle, and Lonnie Meche will partner Saint Damien. Both colts galloped a mile and a half after the break Sunday. Jill Cholewa was on Gift Of The Eagle and Rhett Fincher rode Saint Damien.

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