The Grade 2, $175,000 TVG Elkhorn Stakes will run as Race 9 on the July 12 card at Keeneland.
The event for 4-year-olds and upward will cover 1 1/2 miles on the turf and include names like Zulu Alpha and Arklow leading the field of 13.
Here is a look at the top contenders set for the TVG Elkhorn Stakes.
Zulu Alpha, Arklow
Michael Hui’s Zulu Alpha is coming in as the favorite with a morning-line at 9/5.
The 7-year-old son of Street Cry is trained by Michael Maker and has a career record of 11-5-5 from 33 starts with earnings of $2,060,114.
Last time out, the gelding finished second in the March 28 Kitten’s Joy Pan American Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, which followed a victory in the Feb. 29 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) and the Jan. 25 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes presented by Runhappy (G1), both at Gulfstream.
In those three outings, he registered Speed Figures of 110, 118, and 119, respectively.
Zulu Alpha will break from post 5 under jockey Tyler Gaffalione.
He will face tough competition among the field, especially from Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger, and Peter Coneway’s Arklow.
Trained by Brad Cox, the 6-year-old son of Arch has a career record of 6-7-2 with earnings of $1,861,532.
His last performance was a second-place effort in the June 13 Louisville Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. Before that, he took fifth in the Jan. 25 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes and eighth in the Nov. 2 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Santa Anita.
Arklow will break from post 10 under Florent Geroux. His morning-line is at 3/1.
Another impressive runner coming into the TVG Elkhorn Stakes is Staghawk Stables’ Nakamura.
The 5-year-old gelding son of Animal Kingdom trained by H. Graham Motion has a career record of 4-3-2 from 14 starts with earnings of $231,362.
He has not yet raced in 2020, and his last performance was a fifth-place finish in the Nov. 23 Red Smith Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct.
Nakamura also took second in the Oct. 17 Sycamore Stakes (G3) at Keeneland and third in the Sept. 28 Japan Turf Cup Stakes at Laurel Park.
He will be joined by jockey John Velazquez as the pair breaks from post 2. His morning-line is 8/1.
The rest of the field (post, morning-line) is set to be: Apreciado (post 1, 30/1); Ramsey Solution (post 3, 20/1); Postulation (post 4, 15/1); Jais’s Solitude (post 6, 15/1); He’s No Lemon (post 7, 8/1); Hellorhighwater (post 8, 50/1); Oscar Dominguez (post 9, 10/1); Ry’s the Guy (post 11, 15/1); Hierarchy (post 12, 30/1); and Heneley’s Joy (post 13, 15/1).
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