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Flashback leads San Felipe workers

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        Flashback moved a step closer to next Saturday's much-anticipated pre-Triple Crown showdown with Goldencents in the Grade 2, $300,000 San Felipe with a five-furlong workout Sunday morning at Santa Anita in a bullet :59 under regular rider Julien Leparoux. It was the fastest of 63 drills at the distance on the fast main track.

Working in company with stablemate Den's Legacy, who was clocked in :59 2/5 under Erick Lopez, Flashback "went nice" according to trainer Bob Baffert, who would be seeking his fifth San Felipe victory, including one with Horse of the Year Point Given in 2001.

"So far, so good," Baffert said of the dappled gray son of Tapit, who won the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis on February 2 by 6 1/4 lengths.

Flashback will seek to keep his unbeaten mark perfect in the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe. The sophomore took his maiden debut on December 8 at Hollywood Park by 3 1/2 lengths prior to making his stakes bow in the Lewis.

Goldencents, meanwhile, breezed six furlongs Saturday, going in a bullet 1:11 3/5 for six furlongs. With apologies to Jimmy Walker, private clocker Toby Turrell called the move by Goldencents, "Dy-noh-mite!"

Regular rider Kevin Krigger has the call on the bay son of Into Mischief for the San Felipe.

Also on Saturday at Santa Anita, maiden winner Salutos Amigos went five furlongs in company with I'm Wide Awake in 1:02 1/5. The Salute the Sarge bay captured his initial start at Santa Anita on February 9, scoring by 3 3/4 lengths in a six-furlong maiden special weight for trainer Eric Guillot.

His stablemate I'm Wide Awake was clocked in 1:03 2/5 on Saturday and would his first career win if he upset the San Felipe.

Probable for the San Felipe are Flashback, Goldencents, Hear the Ghost, Kochees, Omega Star, Salutos Amigos and Tiz A Minister.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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