Consistent Kaigun Facing Seven Rivals in $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes

Consistent Kaigun Facing Seven Rivals in $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes

Category : News - Sat 23/04/2016 - 00:45 EDT

On Saturday at Keeneland, the featured race is the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes. Scheduled to be run at one mile on the turf, the Grade 2 event has drawn a field of eight colts and geldings.

Kaigun tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Mark Casse. A six-year-old son of Northern Afleet, the chestnut gelding is a six time career winner and a multiple graded stakes winner. He has been on the board in all three starts this year and was last seen winning the Pan American Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park. Joe Bravo will be in the irons and they are scheduled to break from post position seven.

Up With the Birds returning off short layoff

Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Up With the Birds for trainer Graham Motion. A six-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, he was Canada’s champion three-year-old in 2013 and is a seven-time career winner. A homebred for Sam-Son Farm, he will be making his first start of the year and returning off of a four-month layoff. John Velazquez will be aboard and they will break from post position two.

Twilight Eclipse trying to regain winning form

Also in the field at morning line odds of 3-1 is Twilight Eclipse for trainer Tom Albertrani. Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, the seven-year-old gelding has won seven times and is a multiple graded stakes winner. He returned to action off of a five-month freshening after finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) and was seventh in the Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2). Julian Leparoux will be aboard from post six.

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