Zulu is early favorite for Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Zulu is the 5-2 morning line favorite in a full field of 14 entered for Saturday's $1 million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, a final prep race for the Kentucky Derby.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Zulu drew the No. 4 post position on Tuesday and will be ridden by Javier Castellano. The 1 1/8 mile-race is worth a total of 170 Derby qualifying points, including 100 to the winner.
Zulu was second to Derby contender Mohaymen in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream on Feb. 27 and has two wins in three starts.
''We're very happy with our spot, very happy with our draw,'' said Ashford Stud sales director Charlie O'Conner, who represented Zulu's co-owners at the draw.
Brody's Cause is the 4-1 second choice and drew the No. 6 post. He won last fall's Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland and finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile behind Nyquist, who's currently second with 130 Derby points.
Steve Castagnola, racing manager for Brody's Cause owner Albaugh Family Stable, also liked his horse's starting spot.
''He's a horse that likes to come from off the pace,'' Castagnola said. ''It looks like there should be enough pace in the race and hopefully our jockey, Luis Saez, can navigate a good trip from slightly off the pace.''
Donegal Moon, another Pletcher-trained horse, is a 5-1 choice after drawing the No. 2 post.
Two also eligible were entered, and could run if there are scratches from the field.
There are 40 Derby points to the runner-up, 20 for third and 10 for fourth place.
The field, from the rail out, is Looking for a Kiss (50-1), Donegal Moon (5-1), Cherry Wine (12-1), Zulu (5-2), Crescent Drive (20-1), Brody's Cause (4-1), Laoban (12-1), Twizz (12-1), Goats Town (20-1), American Dubai (20-1), Cards of Stone (20-1), Zapperini (30-1), Star Hill (10-1), and My Man Sam (10-1).
The also eligibles are Pinson and Hint of Roses.