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A plethora of speed in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Ynez at Santa Anita could set things up for a closer in the 6 1/2-furlong dash for three-year-old fillies, which offers the winner 10 qualifying points toward eligibility in the Kentucky Oaks.
“He reminds me of Point Given. He's got a good mind, but he's still filling out and he's still learning."
Willis Horton's well-bred filly added 10 more Kentucky Oaks points to her total of 30, which tops the leaderboard. She had scored 10 apiece for her previous victories in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Delta Downs Princess.
The finish came just in time as El Kabeir posted a wire-to-wire decision in Saturday's Grade 2,$233,000 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs. Imperia was bearing down on his rival with one final surge, but El Kabeir held the runner-up safe by a head on the finish line.
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Condo Commando took the lead soon after the start of Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct and never looked back en route to an effortless 11 1/2-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario. The Rudy Rodriguez-trained juvenile lived up to her 3-2 favoritism while finishing 1 1/8 miles over the fast main track in 1:50 2/5.
It could be a wild renewal of the Grade 2, $400,000 Remsen at Aqueduct on Saturday with 14 two-year-olds in the field, and a short, wide run into the first turn looms for some of the more highly rated entrants marooned with outside posts in the 1 1/8-mile fixture.