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Encouraged by his impressive victory on Santa Anita’s new conventional dirt main track three months ago, Ron Ellis plans to run Centralinteligence in his first stakes race a week from today in the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds, opening day main event of Santa Anita’s winter/spring meet. “He ran well over the track and he’s an improving horse,” Ellis said of the chestnut gelding owned by a group headed by Amerman Racing Stables, LLC, Bongo Racing Stable, and Gary Finder.

“He’s a good-looking horse. He was a $90,000 (Keeneland sales) yearling. He’s been working at Hollywood and he’ll stay there till he’s finished training for the race and ship to Santa Anita to run.

A son of 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones, Centralinteligence broke his maiden at Hollywood last July, then took an allowance test at Santa Anita on Sept. 30 by 3 1/4 lengths. In his most recent race, on Nov. 27, he was second to Smash, another Malibu nominee, beaten only a half-length going 6 ½ furlongs.

Probable for the Malibu: Associate, Casper’s Touch, Centralinteligence, Hoorayforhollywood, Light Up the Score, Luckaruck, Racing Aptitude, Rothko, Smash, The Factor and Wine Police.

Wine Police worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Monday in 1:01.40 for Steve Asmussen, while Rothko went five furlongs Sunday in 59.80, also for Asmussen, who plans to run yet a third horse in the Malibu, Light Up the Score.



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