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Today’s 1st race would appear to boil down to #3 Dadsalittleunusual and #6 Frankelstein. The former won for a higher claiming price recently but Mitchell can win on the drop and this gelding sports a bullet work since his last race. The latter also won his last start and has been working steadily for Jones for his first start since mid December. He should enjoy an ideal pace prompting trip.
Colonel John’s little brother Mr. Hot Stuff might finally be coming around for trainer Eoin Harty, and while he hasn’t done anything quite yet to make him a serious contender for the Santa Anita Derby, he at least is starting to move in the right direction. An uninspiring third in a nine furlong maiden affair on turf in mid-January, the son of Tiznow returned to the main track in Sunday’s 5th race and produced a good late kick to graduate going away like a colt whose light switch had just been turned on.