- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

KEMPTON PARK, ENGLAND (AP) - Fourteen European-trained 3-year-olds will chase a place in the Kentucky Derby as well as a $112,800 purse at Kempton Park on Wednesday.

In a linkup by Churchill Downs and British horse racing, the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes offers a place in the May 2 race along with the top U.S.-trained 3-year-olds.

The field announced Monday includes Akhenaten, son of English Derby winner High Chaparral.

John Gosden, who trained in the U.S. for many years and had two winners at last year’s Breeders Cup, has two entries.

Close Alliance is owned by the Aga Khan and won its only race as a 2-year-old. Mafaaz won one of its two starts and finished fifth at Newmarket behind Donativum, which went on to win the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf.

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