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Charlatan put in a tremendous debut performance, garnering a 105 Beyer Speed Figure in his 5 3/4-length victory Sunday going six furlongs on the Santa Anita main track for trainer Bob Baffert.
The 3-year-old colt immediately stamped himself as a 2020 Kentucky Derby contender. HRN readers were duly impressed.
As impressive as Charlatan's debut may have been, other HRN readers were quick to note this Speightstown colt may not be the best late blooming 3-year old colt in the Baffert barn.
Purchased for $3.6 million, Cezanne suffered a setback last fall after his initial series of works. But Baffert is on record as saying he expects "huge things" from the son of Curlin.
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