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Premier Pegasus in Good Shape

3/13/2011

With Premier Pegasus putting himself into the Triple Crown picture with his win in the Grade II San Felipe, he is fine the next day, according to his owner/breeder/trainer.

“He looked great after the race and we’ll take a look at the Santa Anita Derby as the next step,” said Raxon Cho, 17-year-old son of Myung Kwon Cho.

The Chos said they took little time celebrating the most decisive San Felipe victory in its 74 runnings. “We spent most of the night watching replays of the race,” said Raxon. “His margin looked even bigger after watching them.”

In other post-San Felipe news, David Hofmans said he was pleased with Quail Hill’s fifth-place finish but that the Santa Anita Derby is not a consideration. “It's out of the picture. We’ll look for an allowance race,” the trainer said. Quail Hill rallied from last in the field of 10, beaten nearly 11 lengths as the longest shot in the race at 76-1.

Trainer Tim Yakteen said Bench Points would be considered for the Santa Anita Derby after his third-place finish at odds of nearly 9-1.

--Edited from track notes

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