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Unitarian Aims for Second Elkhorn Victory

Winner of 2014 edition back for more April 18 at Keeneland.

Robert Evans' Unitarian will attempt to become the fourth horse to win the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (gr. IIT) in consecutive years April 18, when he faces 10 rivals at Keeneland in the 30th running of the 1 1/2-mile turf event.

The Dixiana Elkhorn will go as the ninth race on Saturday's 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. ET post time.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Unitarian comes into the Dixiana Elkhorn off a victory in the two-mile H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31. Javier Castellano, who was aboard the 5-year-old son of Pulpit that day and also for the Dixiana Elkhorn triumph last year, has the riding assignment Saturday and will break from post 4.

The other back-to-back winners of the Dixiana Elkhorn are African Dancer (1998-1999), Kim Loves Bucky (2002-2003) and Musketier  (2010-2011).

In Unitarian's most recent Keeneland race, he was fifth in the Sycamore (gr. IIIT), the fall meet's equivalent of the Elkhorn. The winner that day was Augustin Stable's 5-year-old Harlan's Holiday runner Holiday Star, who will make his 2015 debut Saturday.

Trained by Graham Motion, Holiday Star will break from post 6 under Rajiv Maragh.

Among those entered are Calumet Farm's Optimizer , making his first start since a seventh in the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) last October at Keeneland; 2013 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Java's War ; grade II winner Cary Street; and grade III winner Dynamic Sky .

Entries: Dixiana Elkhorn S. (G2T)

Keeneland, Saturday, April 18, 2015, Race 9

  • Grade IIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $250,000
  • 4 yo's & up
  • 5:13 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Dramedy (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoe Bravo118Gerald Russel Aschinger-
22Biz The Nurse (IRE)Luis Saez118Thomas Albertrani-
33My Afleet (KY)Joseph Rocco, Jr.118James L. Lawrence, II-
44Unitarian (KY)Javier Castellano118Todd A. Pletcher-
55Cary Street (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduatePaco Lopez120Brendan P. Walsh-
66Holiday Star (PA)Rajiv Maragh118H. Graham Motion-
77Java's War (KY)James Graham118Roger L. Attfield-
88Optimizer (KY)Corey J. Lanerie118Jose Fernandez-
99Aldous Snow (ON)Jose Lezcano118Malcolm Pierce-
1010Dynamic Sky (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux118Mark E. Casse-
1111Xtra Luck (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.118Neil J. Howard-