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Lexington: Tawny Port Chasing Derby Points, Ethereal Road Wheels Back Off Short Rest

Ethereal Road with trainer D. Wayne Lukas

Peachtree Stable's Tawny Port, runner-up in the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) in his most recent start, heads a field of 11 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday's 40th running of the $400,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3) Stakes at Keeneland, held over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

The Stonestreet Lexington will go as the ninth race on Saturday's program with a 5:16 p.m. ET post time. First post is 1 p.m.

The race serves as the final points race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) with 34 points up for grabs on a 20-8-4-2 scale to the first- through fourth-place finishers. The Derby is limited to the top 20 point earners that pass the entry box.

Trained by Brad Cox, Tawny Port picked up 40 points for his Jeff Ruby finish, a figure that is good for 20th place on the Road to the Derby leaderboard. Florent Geroux has the mount Saturday and will exit post nine.

Two other entrants, Julie Gilbert and Aaron Sones' Ethereal Road and Edge Racing, Medallion Racing and Parkland Thoroughbreds' In Due Time, have accumulated 20 points and could enhance their Derby prospects with a victory Saturday.

Ethereal Road wheels back seven days after finishing seventh in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1). Second in the Rebel (G2) to pick up his 20 points, Ethereal Road is trained by D. Wayne Lukas and will break from post four under Victor Espinoza.

In Due Time picked up his 20 Derby points with the runner-up finish in the Fountain of Youth (G2) for trainer Kelly Breen. Paco Lopez retains the mount and will break from post two.

The field for the Stonestreet Lexington with riders and weights from the rail out, is:

  1. Midnight Chrome (Jose Ortiz, 118 pounds)
  2. In Due Time (Lopez, 118)
  3. We All See It (Luis Saez, 118)
  4. Ethereal Road (Espinoza, 118)
  5. Howling Time (Joe Talamo, 118)
  6. Skate to Heaven (David Cohen, 118)
  7. Major General (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118)
  8. Strava (Tyler Gaffalione, 118)
  9. Tawny Port (Florent Geroux, 118)
  10. Dash Attack (Flavien Prat, 120)
  11. Call Me Midnight (James Graham, 120)
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