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Tokubetsu is the only starter in the field with a prior race and deserves favoritism based on a decent runner up try last month at Hollywood Park. It wasn’t a great race, but the son of Congaree very likely will step forward for Baffert (excellent with second time starters) and has worked very well over the track while retaining Bejarano. More intriguing, though, is Asmussen’s first time starter Le Mans, listed at 6-1 on the morning line based on an okay but certainly not flashy work tab. Bred to be very quick (War Front) and hailing from a barn that rarely asks its young stock for speed, Le Mans has impressed the clockers with good finishes in each of his recent morning drills and very likely is fit and ready for a big effort first crack out of the box. He represents excellent value in both the straight pools and the rolling exotics.

Jeranimo was very impressive winning the San Gabriel Stakes last month over this course, has looked especially sharp in the morning since that race and seems to have found a home on turf. He’s got tactical speed to be within striking range and a superior turn of foot when it counts in the final furlong. He’s drawn well, retains Bejarano, and seems the one to beat at 3-1 on the morning line. Caracortado looked super winning his turf debut at Hollywood Park in November and ran equally as well when a closing third in the opening day Malibu Stakes on dirt. He’s another who has looked in peak condition in recent workouts and should be able to handle the nine furlong trip. He’s worth every bit the 7/2 he’s listed on the morning line.

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