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Colton's Command | Coglianese Photo

1st-Gulfstream, $45,000, Msw, 3-27, 3yo, 1mT, 1:34.82, fm,

3 3/4 lengths.

COLTON'S COMMAND (c, 3, Twirling Candy–Baublette, by Unbridled's Song), well liked at 7-2 in this unveiling, raced straight past even-money fourth-timer Shaftesbury (Uncle Mo) inside the final eighth of a mile and sprinted away to graduate smartly at first asking. Settled in about midpack as the debuting Fortified (American Pharoah) cut out a moderate pace from Shaftesbury and War Bomber (Ire) (War Front), Colton's Command improved a few spots while making eye-catching progress on the turn. Shifted out for the drive under a full head of steam, the $75,000 Keeneland September graduate flew home to score by 3 3/4 lengths over Shaftesbury. Colton's Command is bred on the same cross responsible for 'TDN Rising Star' and Lane's End stallion Gift Box. Sales history: $75,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $27,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-NK Racing; B-Merriebelle Stable, LLC (KY); T-William I. Mott.

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