Michael Hui’s six-time graded stakes winner Zulu Alpha will shoot for his third victory of 2020 when he headlines a field of 13 grass marathoners Sunday in the 35th running of the $175,000 TVG Elkhorn (G2).
The TVG Elkhorn will be contested over 1½ miles over the Keeneland turf course and be run as the final race of the five-day Summer Meet. First post time Sunday is 1:05 p.m. with the TVG Elkhorn going as the ninth race with a 5:30 post time.
NBCSN will provide live coverage of the TVG Elkhorn from 5-7 p.m.
Winner of the 2018 Sycamore (G3) and third as the favorite in the 2019 Dixiana Elkhorn, Zulu Alpha started his 2020 campaign with a victory in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Presented by Runhappy (G1) and followed that with a triumph in the Mac Diarmida (G2). In his most recent start, Zulu Alpha was second in the Kitten’s Joy Pan American (G2) going 1½ miles.
Mike Maker trains Zulu Alpha, who will break from post position five under Tyler Gaffalione in the TVG Elkhorn.
Figuring to be the major rival to Zulu Alpha is $1.8 million earner Arklow.
Owned by Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway, Arklow won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) last fall at Belmont Park. Trained by Brad Cox, Arklow finished second in the Louisville (G3) in his most recent start that came off a 4½-month layoff. Arklow will exit post 10 under Florent Geroux.
The field for the TVG Elkhorn, with riders and weights from the rail, is: Apreciado (Gerardo Corrales, 118 pounds), Nakamura (John Velazquez, 118), Ramsey Solution (Julio Garcia, 118), Postulation (Julien Leparoux, 118), Zulu Alpha (Gaffalione, 120), Jais’s Solitude (Corey Lanerie, 118), He’s No Lemon (Rafael Bejarano, 118), Hellorhighwater (James Graham, 118), OscarDominguez (IRE) (Joel Rosario, 118), Arklow (Geroux, 123), Ry’s the Guy (Chris Landeros, 118), Hierarchy (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), Henley’s Joy (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118).