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Come Catch Aggie Engineer in San Pasqual

December 4, 2010.Aggie Engineer riden by Joseph Talamo wins the Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA
Aggie Engineer, whose soft early pace set him up perfectly for the first graded win of his career last month, could get a similar scenario Jan. 8 when the Paddy Gallagher trainee faces five rivals in the $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

Joe Talamo, who nursed Ward and Roberta Williford's 5-year-old homebred to a stubborn 1 3/4-length win in the seven-horse Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) over the Hollywood Park Cushion Track Dec. 4, likes his chances to do the same over Santa Anita's dirt track at 1 1/16 miles. The E Dubai gelding owns a two-race winning streak heading into the San Pasqual.

“But he’s such a versatile horse, he really doesn’t need the lead," Talamo said. "Obviously, he runs his best races on the front. He had such a great trip last time; he walked the dog.”

Aggie Engineer traveled the first half-mile in the Native Diver in :50.52 and six furlongs in 1:15.49 while taking command. He opened up a three-length lead mid-stretch and held on gamely.

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