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Derby Crop 2005: Big Second Wave About to Hit

The Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) is history, and all the race did was pretty much complicate matters. Afleet Alex, Sun King, Roman Ruler and company still look legitimate, despite being upset by Euro invader Wilko. Now it's time to brace for the post Breeders' Cup wave that is about to unleash some new, exciting prospects for next spring's classics.

Afleet Alex Solid Favorite in Hopeful Stakes

Afleet Alex, who has won his three lifetime starts by a combined 28 1/2 lengths, heads a field of seven juveniles in Saturday's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. It is the 100th running of the historic stakes.

Afleet Alex Sets Stakes Record in Sanford

Afleet Alex remained unbeaten in three starts with an impressive 5 1/4-length victory in Thursday's Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. The 2-year-old Northern Afleet colt set a stakes record in the process, running the six furlongs in 1:09.32. The previous record, 1:09 2/5, was set by Elocutionist.

Lunarpal, 10 Others Set to Tangle in the Sanford

A group of 11 2-year-olds has been entered for the 91st running of the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) on Thursday at Saratoga's famed Race Course. Known for its annual showcasing of quality youngsters, the Spa's second day of racing has a crack line-up of 2-year-old colts going six furlongs in the Sanford, headed by multiple stakes winner Lunarpal.

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