Trainer Mike Maker will attempt to win his third Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes when he sends out the top three favorites in the Grade 2 race Saturday at Keeneland. Maker trains the morning-line favorite Zulu Alpha (8-5), as well as Soglio (4-1) and Bigger Picture (9-2). Post time for the 1 1/2-mile race on the turf course is set for 5:30 p.m. ET.
Before you lock in any 2019 Dixiana Elkhorn picks, you need to see what Jody Demling has to say.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling is coming off two impressive handicapping weekends. On Saturday he hit the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Arkansas Derby. That came one week after hitting the exacta and trifecta in the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and Wood Memorial in the same day. Those picks continued Demling's astonishing start to 2019, in which he also nailed the superfecta at the prestigious Pegasus World Cup -- a $678 payout on a $1 bet -- and the superfecta at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. He also picked the winner of the Risen Star Stakes in February with War of Will.
Plus, he's hit nine of the last 10 Derby-Oaks doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he's held a ticket with the winners of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but one time in the last decade. Anyone who has followed him is WAY up.
Now, Demling has analyzed the latest Dixiana Elkhorn odds and released where he says every horse will finish.
One shocker: We can tell you that Demling isn't going with Zulu Alpha even though he's the odds-on favorite. Another shocker: He's high on Red Knight, an underdog at 5-1. "The 5-year-old son of Pure Prize won his last start, back in late December, and looks to be solid off the brief layoff," Demling said of the Bill Mott trainee.
Demling's top choice for the 2019 Dixiana Elkhorn is a horse who should thrive with the expected hot early pace. He's including this horse in his exactas, trifectas and superfectas, and so should you. Anyone who follows his lead could be in store for a MONSTER payout.
Which horse wins Saturday's Dixiana Elkhorn? And where will every horse finish? ... Join SportsLine right now to get Jody Demling's picks for the Dixiana Elkhorn, plus get exacta, trifecta and superfecta picks, all from the expert who's coming off two impressive weekends handicapping the Arkansas Derby, Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and Wood Memorial!