Queen’s horse heads to Epsom Derby as favorite

A horse owned by Queen Elizabeth II is set to start as a

favorite in Saturday’s English Derby, Britain’s richest race with

prize money of $2 million.

Carlton House has been declared for the 1 1/2-mile race despite

a late scare over swelling in his near-fore leg. He heads a list of

17 runners for the most prestigious of the five classics in

Britain’s flat-racing season.

A 3-year-old colt trained by Michael Stoute, Carlton House has

attracted big interest because of his royal connections and victory

in last month’s Dante Stakes in York.

The Queen has never won the Derby but she has entered nine

horses this year and Stoute is a five-time winner of the race,

including last year with Workforce.

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