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Pioneerof the Nile overcomes troubled trip

Updated: April 10, 2009, 11:28 PM ET
By Jay Privman | Daily Racing Form

ARCADIA, Calif. -- It was the first start of the year for Pioneerof the Nile, a race he did not need to win, and he did not have the best of trips. None of it mattered. In a performance that stamped him as a one of the elite contenders for the Kentucky Derby, Pioneerof the Nile closed furiously to take the Grade 2, $200,000 Robert Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Santa Anita.

Pioneerof the Nile ran into a roadblock on the far turn, and subsequently lost position. Rather than continue ...

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