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Super enters Derby frame with Oaklawn blitz

Report: USA, Monday

Oaklawn Park: Southwest Stakes (Grade 3) 1m, 3yo, dirt

SUPER NINETY NINE (Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano) produced a superb performance on sloppy going and advanced his Kentucky Derby claims on Monday.

Driven out of the stalls to claim the lead by Bejarano, Super Ninety Nine travelled with supreme easy and blasted clear in the straight to win by 11¼ lengths from Fear The Kitten.

The performance prompted Ladbrokes to introduce Super Ninety Nine into the betting for the Kentucky Derby as 12-1 second favourite.

"Rafael called me before the race and I just told him to let him get away from there and do his thing," said Baffert, who has won three Kentucky Derbys.

"Turning for home, I could see he had plenty of horse. It's exciting. This is the time of year when these three-year-olds start getting exciting.

"We'll get him back home and see how he does. We know he likes the track now. I don't like to plan ahead and with these young horses, you just never know. We'll definitely have something for the Rebel [March 16]."

Also on Monday

Santa Anita: Buena Vista Stakes (Grade 2) 1m, 4yo+ fillies & mares, turf

BREEDERS' CUP Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection (Mike Puype/Mike Smith) made all the runner to claim victory in this 1m contest on her first start at the distance for 18 months.

It was a third win on the trot for Mizdirection after her Breeders' Cup win and a victory in the 6½f Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita last month.

"She stumbled leaving there a little bit, but after that she settled really well," Smith told "She's a more mature horse and ran really well."

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