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Saturday, March 24
Road to Slew defends title in Crystal Water




ARCADIA, Calif. - Trainer Craig Dollase swept Saturday's two stakes at Santa Anita, winning the $150,000 Crystal Water Handicap with Road to Slew and the $79,150 Tokyo City Cup with Futural.

Both geldings were favored in their respective races and won by narrow margins after stretch-long duels.

Road to Slew ($3.60) defended his title in the Crystal Water for California-breds, holding off Native Desert to win the one-mile turf by a neck in 1:33.82. Ridden by Laffit Pincay, Jr., Road to Slew was fourth to the final turn when he reached contention with a three-wide move.

Lily's Lad, who was making his stakes debut, finished third in the field of seven.

Owned by Nick Cafarchia, Road to Slew was the 123-pound highweight in the Crystal Water, which came three weeks after the 6-year-old won the Grade 2 Frank Kilroe Mile in his 2001 debut. Last year, while trained by Oscar Garcia, Road to Slew won the Crystal Water at 63-1 while carrying 113 pounds.

Dollase mentioned the $175,000 Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 28 as a next possible start for Road to Slew, who has won 7 of 22 starts and $797,660.

* Futural won the first stakes of his career in the Tokyo City Cup. A 5-year-old gelding, Futural used the one-mile race as a prep for the $150,000 San Bernardino Handicap on April 7, Dollase said.

Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Futural ($7) stalked the pace to early stretch and won by a neck over New Advantage, finishing in 1:35.53. Grey Memo finished third in the field of eight.

Owned by Jess Miller and Jack Weitz, Futural has won 5 of 16 starts and $238,700.

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