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Smooth Roller Wins Gr1 Awesome Again Stakes
At Santa Anita in the US, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) celebrated a Gr1 success when 4YO gelding Smooth Roller (Hard Spun-Catch The Moment, by Unbridled) hacked up by 5.25-lengths for trainer Victor Garcia in the US$300,000 Gr1 Awesome Again Stakes (9 furlongs), over 4YO colt Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday-Refugee, by Any Given Saturday) & 4YO ridgling Bayern (Offlee Wild-Alittlebitearly, by Thunder Gulch). A US$160,000 yearling at the 2012 Keeneland September Sale, lightly raced Smooth Roller took his record to 3 wins from 4 starts for US$261,810 earnings after finishing 4th in the Listed Harry F. Brubaker Stakes on debut at Del Mar.