Zulu is early favorite for Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland

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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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Alpinista overcomes heavy ground to win l’Arc de Triomphe

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PARIS – Alpinista made light work of the rain and heavy ground to narrowly win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday.

Jockey Luke Morris attacked heading into the last furlong and the 5-year-old mare just held off a late charge from Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon on Vadeni and last year’s 80-1 winner Torquator Tasso, ridden by veteran Italian jockey Frankie Dettori.

“I had a beautiful draw in stall six and after being perfectly placed, there was a second when I thought we were getting drawn into it too early,” Morris said. “But once she had taken charge, I was able to sit on her from 100 meters out.”

Morris felt the conditions would have made it harder for Alpinista to attack the way she did.

“I was concerned when all that rain came but the race went very smoothly,” he said. “I couldn’t believe how it could have in a 20-runner Arc. It was incredible.”

Alpinista was among the pre-race favorites.

“If it hadn’t been my horse, I would have thought it was going to win every inch of the way, but when it’s your own of course it’s a nightmare,” Alpinista trainer Mark Prescott said. “I didn’t think all that rain would help, but she’s never traveled better and has come on with each race.”

It was not yet clear if Alpinista will next race at the Breeders’ Cup or the Japan Cup next month.

Royal silks return as King Charles III’s horse finishes 2nd

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SALISBURY, England – The famous royal silks returned to British horse racing with the first runner under the ownership of King Charles III finishing a distant second at Salisbury.

Educator was the first horse to wear the purple, red and gold silks since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8.

Her oldest son and heir, Charles, has taken on the royal stable and Educator was sent off as the 11-10 favorite under jockey Tom Marquand for the Radcliffe & Co Handicap.

Okeechobee won by 4 \ lengths in the four-horse race.

The queen’s last runner was Improvise, who was beaten narrowly at Epsom on the day the monarch died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.