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Barn Notes: Zulu Alpha Headlines Field of 10 for Dixiana Elkhorn

April 17, 2019

Michael Hui’s Zulu Alpha, winner of his past two starts in graded stakes company, headlines a field of 10 entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 34th running of the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) for 4-year-olds and up going 1½ miles on the turf.

The Dixiana Elkhorn will go as the ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time on Saturday’s 10-race program. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Mike Maker, Zulu Alpha comes into Saturday’s race off victories in the 1½-mile W.L. McKnight Handicap (G3) and the 1 3/8-mile Mac Diarmida (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

Winner of the Sycamore (G3) here last fall when trained by John Ortiz, Zulu Alpha will be ridden by Jose Ortiz and break from post position 10.

Maker, who won this race in 2013 with Dark Cove and in 2016 with Da Big Hoss, has two other entrants in Saturday’s race.

Three Diamonds Farm’s Bigger Picture, winner of the 2017 United Nations (G1) at Monmouth Park and winner of the past three runnings of the John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3) at Sam Houston, will break from post position seven under Tyler Gaffalione.

Maker also has Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s multiple graded stakes-placed Soglio. Florent Geroux has the mount and will break from post position four.

The field for the Dixiana Elkhorn, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Vettori Kin (BRZ) (Corey Lanerie, 118 pounds), Hunter O’Riley (Joel Rosario, 118), Leitone (CHI) (Chris Landeros, 118), Soglio (Geroux, 118), Canessar (FR)(Feargal Lynch, 118), Tiz a Slam (Julien Leparoux, 120), Bigger Picture (Gaffalione 118), Red Knight (Luis Saez, 118), FinalCopy (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118) and Zulu Alpha (Ortiz, 120).