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Will Baffert-trained Mor Spirit emerge from Santa Anita prep a Kentucky Derby contender?

Will Baffert-trained Mor Spirit emerge from Santa Anita prep a Kentucky Derby contender?

The dark brown horse eased into the paddock at Gulfstream Park. He seemed relaxed in the Florida sun as he walked in front of the makeshift auctioneer's stand in the area normally used for saddling.

Last year was the first time that Fasig-Tipton, a thoroughbred auction company, held their 2-year-old sale at the racetrack. At the back of the crowd stood two well-known racing personalities: trainer Bob Baffert and Bernie Schiappa, horse owner and racing manager for Michael Lund Petersen.

Terence Collier, the marketing manager at Fasig-Tipton, spoke for about a minute about the credentials of horse No. 29. They were better than decent. Auctioneer Tom Biederman started the bidding...

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