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Speightstown’s Lexitonian Upsets Vanderbilt

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Lexitonian (h, 5, Speightstown–Riviera Romper, by Tapit), beaten just a nose in last summer's GI Bing Crosby S. at Del Mar, lit up Saturday's GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. at 34-1.

Drawn on the fence, he was hustled to the front by Jose Lezcano. The chestnut was pressed through an opening quarter of :22.04 and appeared to be in deep water as Special Reserve (Midshipman) loomed large at the top of the stretch and hit the front. Lexitonian never quit, however, and battled back gamely to turn that one back and win by a neck. The classy 8-year-old Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) was third.

Scratched at the gate in this race last year, Lexitonian finished second, beaten only a head, in the GI Churchill Downs S. May 1. He entered off a well-beaten sixth in the GI Metropolitan H. at Belmont June 5.

Lexitonian is the 22nd GISW for Speightstown and the 6th GISW out of a daughter of Tapit (Gran Alegria, Harvey's Lil Goil, Qafila, Halladay and Carta Embrujada).

Lifetime Record: 19-5-2-2.

O/B-Calumet Farm (Ky); T-Jack Sisterson.


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