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Big steps for 3-year-olds

Updated: February 6, 2009, 11:07 PM ET
By Jay Privman | Daily Racing Form

ARCADIA, Calif. -- When Pioneerof the Nile won the CashCall Futurity seven weeks ago, he immediately became a leading West Coast contender for the Kentucky Derby, a position enhanced by the spiriting to Dubai of Midshipman, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner. But when he makes his first start as a 3-year-old on Saturday, in the $200,000 Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita, the intent, trainer Bob Baffert acknowledges, is not to have Pioneerof the Nile at his peak.

Pioneerof the Nile is in ...

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