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Bob Hess Jr.
Bruce Chandler, Robert H. McKee & James Glavin
With Distinction--Precise Strike, by Precise End
Merit Man's pedigree is heavily speed-oriented, making him a dubious candidate for 1 1/4 miles.
His sire, With Distinction, scored his major win in the 5 1/2-furlong El Conejo. Although the son of Storm Cat also placed in the 1 1/8-mile San Antonio, he spent most of his career in sprints.
With Distinction is siring horses with similar distance limitations, such as Decisive Moment, a multiple stakes winner who was 14th in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.
Merit Man's dam, Precise Strike, was herself a sprinter who never won past seven furlongs.
Precise Strike is by the sprinter/miler Precise End, winner of the 2000 Bay Shore and runner-up in the Withers.
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