LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Zulu is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, which will award 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby.
The Todd Pletcher-trained colt drew the No. 4 post position on Tuesday for Saturday’s Grade 1 race to be run over 1 1/8 miles. Zulu was second to Derby contender Mohaymen in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream on Feb. 27 and has two wins in three starts.
Brody’s Cause is the 4-1 second choice and drew the No. 6 position. He won last fall’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile behind Nyquist, who’s currently second with 130 Derby points.
Donegal Moon, another Pletcher horse, is a 5-1 choice after drawing the No. 2 position.
A full field of 14 horses was entered. There are two also-eligibles, who could run in the event of a scratch.
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NEW YORK — Preakness winner Cloud Computing won’t run in the Belmont Stakes, leaving the final leg of the Triple Crown without the winners of the first two races.
Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming also won’t run in the 1+-mile Belmont on June 10 in New York.
Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Sunday that Cloud Computing would skip the Belmont, which had been expected.
Brown will still have a starter in the $1.5 million race: Twisted Tom, who won the Federico Tesio on April 22. Because Twisted Tom wasn’t already nominated to the Triple Crown series, it will cost $75,000 to get him in the race. He will try to become the third gelding in history to win.
Other confirmed Belmont runners are Classic Empire, Japan-based Epicharis, J Boys Echo, Lookin At Lee, Senior Investment, Tapwrit and True Timber. Irap, Meantime and Multiplier are considered likely.
Also possible are Conquest Mo Money, Gormley, Hollywood Handsome, Irish War Cry and Patch.
The Belmont field is limited to 16 horses.
ARCADIA, Calif. — Lady Eli won the $300,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares by a half-length at Santa Anita, ending a two-race skid as the heavy 3-5 favorite.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Lady Eli ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:45.29 on Saturday.
Goodyearforroses was second, followed by Avenge, Mokat and Pretty Girl.
Lady Eli paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10. All but $18,388 of the total show pool of $315,505 was wagered on her in the Grade 1 race.
The 5-year-old dark brown mare has eight wins in 11 career starts and has never finished worse than second for New York-based trainer Chad Brown, who won the Preakness with Cloud Computing last weekend.
Lady Eli was coming off two close losses: by a nose in the Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April and by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf last November.