Southern Rhythm Tops Soul In Lexington

Posted: April 25, 1994

Southern Rhythm and Soul of the Matter are back on track after the $137,250 Lexington Stakes.

Southern Rhythm came off the pace on the turn for home yesterday to win the Grade II race by 2 1/2 lengths over favored Soul of the Matter at Keeneland Race Course. They probably will make their next starts in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7 after their strong efforts in the last important Derby prep race.

Garrett Gomez, who also rode Concern to victory in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, was atop Southern Rhythm. Southern Rhythm ran fourth as the favorite in the Grade II Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park on April 2. The son of Dixieland Band had won his three previous races, including the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn on March 2.

Soul of the Matter was making his first start since winning the San Felipe Stakes on March 20. He missed the Santa Anita Derby on April 9 because of a skin infection.

In other news:

ARKANSAS DERBY: WINNER MIGHT SKIP KY.

Concern came from 15 lengths behind to win the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby on Saturday at Oaklawn Park, but Maryland-based Richard Small said it is ''awfully unlikely" that Concern will run in the Kentucky Derby. The May 21 Preakness at Pimlico is more likely, he said. Blumin Affair, beaten a neck by Concern, apparently is the only Arkansas Derby starter going to Kentucky.

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