The short stretch for 1 1/16-mile races at Keeneland proved no obstacle for dedicated closer My Boy Jack, who rallied from far back to win the Lexington Stakes (G3) by a neck. He netted only a 94 BRIS Speed rating winning his second Kentucky Derby prep race in 2018.

Trained by Keith Desormeaux, My Boy Jack earned a 98 Speed rating posting a minor upset in the February 19 Southwest (G3) and a 99 finishing a close third in the March 24 TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) after an extremely wide trip. The son of Creative Cause registered 101-106 BRIS Late Pace numbers for those efforts.

My Boy Jack lacks a triple-digit BRIS Speed rating, a threshold reached by 17 of the last 20 Kentucky Derby winners, and it’s tough to make a viable case for him as a win contender. But with an abundance of speed lining up for the Kentucky Derby, the race shape could favor the late runner and I’m not counting My Boy Jack out of exotics consideration.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby series determines eligibility and a 35-race schedule is divided between the Prep Season and Championship Series.

Top BRIS Speed ratings so far in the Championship Series, which began in mid-February (90 and better):

Horse

 

Race (finish)

 

BRIS Speed

Justify

 

Santa Anita Derby (1st)

 

114

Bolt d’Oro

 

Santa Anita Derby (2nd)

 

110

Audible

 

Florida Derby (1st)

 

107

Enticed

 

Gotham (1st)

 

104

Promises Fulfilled

 

Fountain of Youth (1st)

 

104

Hofburg

 

Florida Derby (2nd)

 

104

Vino Rosso

 

Wood Memorial (1st)

 

102

Magnum Moon

 

Rebel (1st)

 

100

Noble Indy

 

Louisiana Derby (1st)

 

100

Lone Sailor

 

Louisiana Derby (2nd)

 

100

Magnum Moon

 

Arkansas Derby (1st)

 

99

Enticed

 

Wood Memorial (2nd)

 

99

My Boy Jack

 

Louisiana Derby (3rd)

 

99

Bolt d’Oro

 

San Felipe (1st)

 

98

Bravazo

 

Risen Star (1st)

 

98

Good Magic

 

Blue Grass (1st)

 

98

Quip

 

Tampa Bay Derby (1st)

 

98

Good Magic

 

Fountain of Youth (3rd)

 

98

Flameaway

 

Blue Grass (2nd)

 

97

Flameaway

 

Tampa Bay Derby (2nd)

 

97

Solomini

 

Rebel (2nd)

 

96

Combatant

 

Rebel (3rd)

 

96

Free Drop Billy

 

Gotham (3rd)

 

96

Noble Indy

 

Risen Star (3rd)

 

96

Quip

 

Arkansas Derby (2nd)

 

95

Solomini

 

Arkansas Derby (3rd)

 

95

My Boy Jack

 

Lexington (1st)

 

94

Combatant

 

Arkansas Derby (4th)

 

94

 

 

 

 

 

Top BRIS Speed ratings from the Prep Season, which began last September and concluded in mid-February:

Horse (finish)

 

Race

 

BRIS Speed

Audible

 

Holy Bull (1st)

 

105

Bolt d’Oro

 

FrontRunner (1st)

 

105

Good Magic

 

BC Juvenile (1st)

 

105

Flameaway

 

Sam F. Davis (1st)

 

101

Solomini

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (3rd)

 

101

Solomini

 

BC Juvenile (2nd)

 

100

Vino Rosso

 

Sam F. Davis (3rd)

 

100

Free Drop Billy

 

Holy Bull (2nd)

 

99

Bolt d’Oro

 

BC Juvenile (3rd)

 

99

My Boy Jack

 

Southwest (1st)

 

98

Firenze Fire

 

Champagne (1st)

 

96

Instilled Regard

 

Lecomte (1st)

 

96

Good Magic

 

Champagne (2nd)

 

96

Solomini

 

FrontRunner (2nd)

 

96