Solomini gets new target race at Santa Anita Park

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Solomini, who was entered over the weekend in an allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs, scratched from that spot and will instead go in stakes competition next out.

Justin Zayat, racing manager for owner Zayat Stables, announced Monday that the Curlin colt is headed back to the West Coast for a start in the Grade 3, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes going 1 1/16 miles.

Nominations aren’t yet out for Sunday’s race at Santa Anita Park, but stable notes from the track indicated his competition will include stakes placed Jerry Hollendorfer-trainee Afleet Ascent and maiden winner Draft Pick from the Peter Eurton barn.

Solomini, 10th in the Kentucky Derby, remained at Churchill Downs since then and has worked three times, most recently breezing a half mile last week in 48 seconds flat. He was initially considered for the Belmont Stakes, but given class relief, he could return to the winner’s circle for the first time since his debut victory Sept. 2.

Since making his first start, Solomini has appeared only in Grade 1 and Grade 2 races, crossing the wire first in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) before disqualified from the top spot for bumping in deep stretch.


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