Lexington Stakes Winner King Fury, 28th On Derby Points List, Has Preakness As Backup Plan

Trainer Kenny McPeek said Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimney Farm’s King Fury will be pointed to the Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve or the Preakness (G1) after winning the $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3) on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. The Curlin colt returned to McPeek’s division at Churchill Downs on Saturday night, where his two wins last year included the Street Sense Stakes.

With the 20 points he earned in the Stonestreet Lexington, King Fury ranks 28th on the leaderboard and would need several defections to draw into the May 1 Derby, which is limited to 20 starters.

“All good; we are real proud of him,” McPeek said. “If his points get him in to the Kentucky Derby, we will probably run. It is his home track and he has won there. If he doesn’t get in the Derby, he will run in the Preakness (on May 15.) He seems like a horse that is ready to do all that. We will have to see how that ball bounces. It is out of our control, but we will keep his work schedule the same.”

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