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ARCADIA, CA – Comebacking Cezanne runs lights-out as he takes the Kona Gold Stakes (G3) by 9-3/4 lengths as he gets 6-1/2 furlongs in a dazzling 1:14.71. This was Cezanne’s first race of his 4-Year-Old season for trainer Bob Baffert with jockey Flavien Prat.
“It worked out well,” said Prat, who has now ridden Cezanne in all four of his starts, winning three times. “We had a fast pace in front of us and we were able to save ground. He gave me a good kick when I asked him. He ran really nice.
Favorite Brickyard Ride, Fight On and Ax Man completed the order.
This was Cezanne’s first stakes win and he improved his career record to 4-3-0-0. He has earned owners Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John ‘Susan’ Magnier, Derrick Smith, and St. Elias Stables $123,000.
“We knew there was going to be a hot pace,” said Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Baffert, who also collected his fourth Kona Gold win today. “Not sure how fast, but it ended up being fast, and you know Cezanne just ate them up. (Prat) gave him a wonderful ride and Bob had him ready…With the races coming up this spring and summer, we should be looking really good with Cezanne.”
Cezanne returned $5.80 to win and $2.40 to place. There was no show wagering.
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