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High Hopes for Papa Clem

Since he beat maidens as a 2-year-old in the final week of 2008, Papa Clem has given owner Bo Hirsch and trainer Gary Stute ample reasons to be ambitious.

The colt has won more than $1 million, most of which came with a victory in the Arkansas Derby last April, and placed in four other stakes. When Papa Clem starts in Saturday's San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita, his 10th consecutive stakes appearance, thoughts of future grand races will be in the back of Stute's mind.

Races such as the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 6 and the Dubai World Cup on March 27 are being considered. The first priority, though, is winning the San Fernando, which is also a prep for the $200,000 Strub Stakes on Feb. 6.

"I would like to go to Dubai," Stute said. "I would need to win this race or the Strub to talk about it."
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