LEXINGTON, Ky. — Peter Miller, of Altamira Racing Stable, started thinking big in the moments after his 70-1 longshot, All Squared Away, won the Lexington Stakes.
“(I’ll) think about something like the Preakness,” Miller said of his sudden 3-year-old star.
But the horse Miller picked up for $1,000 at a yearling sale isn’t Triple Crown nominated, meaning he’d have to shell out $100,000 of the $120,000 purse he just won to give the dark bay gelding the chance.
“Never mind,” Miller said with a laugh. “We’ll find some other race. I’m not giving up the $100,000 I just (won) to run the Preakness.”
They won with record-breaking odds in the 31-year-old Lexington Stakes.
All Squared Away fell from 50-1 to 70-1 on Saturday, but rallied to win the $200,000 Grade 3 race at Keeneland. He spoiled the Kentucky Derby chances of Castaway and other horses looking for earnings to make the 20-horse field.
“He’s always trained like a good horse, like a quality horse,” said Miller, who had trained the horse and holds ownership with Wire to Wire Racing Inc. “We are thrilled. Over the moon.”
All Squared Away paid $143.20, $45.80 and $17. Summer Front returned $5.20 and $4, while Hammers Terror paid $9.40 to show.
Castaway, trained by Bob Baffert and needing the $120,000 first-prize purse to have enough earnings to make the Derby field, finished ninth. Another horse with Derby aspirations and an outside shot to make the field, Morgan’s Guerrilla, finished last in the 11-horse field.
JEROME STAKES: In New York, The Lumber Guy beat Brigand by 2 3/4 lengths in the $200,000 race for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.