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Breeders reclaim 8-year-old Debonair Joe

Updated: April 7, 2007, 11:13 AM ET
By Steve Andersen | Daily Racing Form

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Joe Valenti finally got his wish at Santa Anita on Wednesday.

For nearly a year, Valenti and trainer Craig Lewis had debated whether to claim Debonair Joe, an 8-year-old gelding they bred. They raced him in 2001-02.

Wednesday, Lewis and Valenti agreed to claim the California-bred Debonair Joe for $40,000 and then watched him win a six-furlong race.

"I've wanted to claim him for a long time," Valenti said Thursday, but he said Lewis wasn't sure. "Finally, he ...

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