Defending Champion Itsinthepost (Fr) Tops Dixiana Elkhorn Nominations
Keeneland Press Release
Red Baron’s Barn’s Itsinthepost (FR), winner of last year’s Dixiana Elkhorn (G2), headlines a roster of 41 nominations for this year’s renewal of the $250,000 grass test at 1½ miles.
To be run for the 33rd time, the Dixiana Elkhorn is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, with entries being taken April 18.
Trained by Jeff Mullins, Itsinthepost has added four Grade 2 wins since the Dixiana Elkhorn, including three this year at Santa Anita: San Gabriel, San Marcos and San Luis Rey.
Three horses have won the race in consecutive years with the most recent being Musketier (GER) in 2010-2011.
Other nominees of note are Grade 1 winners Bigger Picture and Bullards Alley; Arklow, winner of last year’s American Turf (G2) at Churchill Downs, and Big Bend, winner of the 2017 Sycamore (G3), the fall equivalent of the Dixiana Elkhorn.