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Saturday’s Races

Quick notes on a couple of Saturday’s Derby prep races:
Consolidator looked great in the San Felipe at Santa Anita, sitting off the pace until six furlongs and then drawing off from the rest of field, winning by 6 1/2 lengths and setting two records. (LA Times)
Afleet Alex’s dismal last place finish in the Rebel at Oaklawn was more than surprising — it was downright shocking. This is a horse who’s never run worse than second in his seven previous starts. The news today though is that Alex has a lung infection and will return to the track after a five-day course of antibiotics. That’s a good excuse for a poor race, but it also means that his next start in the Arkansas Derby on April 16 will only be his second real prep, and it’s also his last chance before the Kentucky Derby to win a two-turn race. (Daily Racing Form)