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SANTA ANITA - RACE 3: Post 1:30 PT
2-Distant Vista (5/2)
This Triple Crown-nominated gelding makes his U.S. debut in a first-level allowance turf miler after winning a handicap over the all-weather surface at Dundalk in Ireland in December toting 138 pounds while giving 21 pounds to the runner-up (who did they think he was, Forego?). Once arrived, the Phil D’Amato-trained import has looked very sharp in a series of training track drills that should have him fit and ready to pick up where he left off, so from a good inside draw and with Flavien Prat taking the call, he’s a strong win play and a rolling exotic single.
CHURCHILL DOWNS – RACE 10: Post 5:44 ET
Unbeaten in two starts with a pair of highly impressive performances, sophomore son of Uncle Mo gets tested for class in the Matt Winn Stakes, a Grade-3 middle distance event that could serve as a steppingstone to the Belmont Stakes four weeks later. The Steve Asmussen-trained colt lands a favorable inside draw, has the tactical speed to secure a perfect ground-saving trip, and a closing kick that should keep his record spotless on the way to bigger and better things. There’s plenty of value to be found at or near his morning line of 4-1.
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