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Mar 19, 2004

Preachinatthebar claims San Felipe Stakes

By: Sports Network

Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Trainer Bob Baffert already has one

three- year-old with a derby win this year. On Sunday he may have

established another of his colts as the favorite for next month's Santa

Anita Derby.

Preachinatthebar, ridden by Javier Santiago, held off St. Averil to capture

the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The time for the

1 1/16 miles was 1:42 4/5.

Santiago is the rider for Baffert's Wimbledon, the winner of the recently

run Louisiana Derby. Preachinatthebar was ridden for the first time by

Santiago in the San Felipe.

Preachinatthebar is owned by Mike Pegram, whose Real Quiet won the 1998

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The three-year-old posted his first

stakes victory and won $150,000. The gray colt won for only the second time

in seven career starts.

St. Averil was beaten by a nose after making a big move through the

stretch. Finshing third was Harvard Avenue, followed by Cheiron, Last Minute

Detail, Odds On, Action This Day, and Toasted. Laditude unseated jockey

Mike Smith at the start after crashing into the starting gate.

Eclipse Award winner Action This Day has now lost both of his 2004 starts.

He was fourth in the Sham Stakes in which Preachinatthebar was third.

Preachinatthebar returned $19.20, $6.60 and $4.60. St. Averil paid $3.20

and $2.80, and Harvard Avenue paid $5.20 for show.

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