04/09/2014 11:23AM

Close Hatches favored in Apple Blossom over Let Faith Arise

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Close Hatches and Let Faith Arise are among the elite members of the filly-mare ranks, and the pair will meet for the first time Friday at Oaklawn Park in one of the division’s most important early-season races, the Grade 1, $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap. A field of five will go, completed by defending champ On Fire Baby, near-millionaire Rose to Gold, and Giacomo’s half-sister, Stanwyck.

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