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War Academy ready to step up

Updated: March 16, 2013, 7:07 PM ET
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With his dominating 3 1/2-length allowance score going 1 1/16 miles March 15, War Academy is ready to join the Derby party, according to both Bob Baffert and Mike Smith.

In only his third start while making his first try around two turns, 9-10 favorite War Academy was 5 1/2 lengths behind stablemate Manando with three eighths of a mile to run but easily reeled him in, winning with his ears pricked for Smith in 1:43.42.

"He might be my [Derby] horse Bob," said Smith to his Hall ...

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