Dixiana Elkhorn

You are here

Longshot Unitarian Wins Closing-Day Dixiana Elkhorn

LEXINGTON, KY (April 25, 2014) –  Dismissed at odds of 18-1, Unitarian and jockey Javier Castellano made a late run to win the 29th running of the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) before 18,966 fans on closing day of the 15-day Spring Meet.

The victory by the 4-year-old son of Pulpit, a homebred racing for Robert S. Evans, in the 1½-mile race on turf gave trainer Todd Pletcher the 40th Keeneland stakes win of his career and his first win in the race. Unitarian was the second winner in the race for Castellano following Macaw (IRE) in 2005.

Quotes from the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2)

Todd Pletcher (winning trainer of Unitarian)

“We just felt like (the race) fit timing-wise. He really improved this winter at Gulfstream. We took a shot in the Fair Grounds race (in which he was seventh in the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap on Feb. 22 in his most recent start). Mike Smith rode him that day and came back and said, ‘Ignore this race. He didn’t handle this course at all.’

“I think he fits these kinds of races and he continues to improve like we thought he would. With a little more improvement, maybe he can step up a notch.”

Barn Notes -- April 25

PABLO DEL MONTE WORKS FOR POSSIBLE DERBY RUN

Toyota Blue Grass (G1) third-place finisher Pablo Del Monte has 20 points on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and is 22nd on the list of point earners vying for the 20 positions in the starting gate for the May 3 race. This morning, breeder, trainer and co-owner Wesley Ward worked the Giant’s Causeway colt six furlongs in 1:11.20 to prepare for a possible start in the race.

Barn Notes -- Thursday, April 24

SPECIAL: Tom Leach interviews trainer Christophe Clement about Aigue Marine (GB), racing today in the $150,000 Bewitch (G3), and talks to trainer Roger Attfield, who will send out Forte Dei Marmi (GB) in Friday’s $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2).

 

KEENELAND STAKES WINNER ANGEL TERRACE OPENS YEAR IN BEWITCH

Barn Notes -- Wednesday, April 23

SPECIAL: Tom Leach interviews trainer Jonathan Sheppard about Angel Terrace, racing in Thursday’s Bewitch (G3), and talks to trainer Ken McPeek about War Dancer, entered in Friday’s Dixiana Elkhorn (G2).

 

ATTFIELD MAKES ANOTHER RUN IN DIXIANA ELKHORN

 

Keeneland

Keeneland Association, Inc. 4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40510
Telephone: (859) 254-3412 Toll Free: (800) 456-3412 Fax: (859) 255-2484

©1999-2014 Keeneland Association, Inc. All Rights Reserved