03/16/2017 9:00AM

Hit a Lick, Liberty Lover need straight stretch runs in statebred stakes race

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The comment lines “lugged in” and “bore out” signify red flags for handicappers. Hit a Lick and Liberty Lover both were unable to maintain a straight path during the stretch run when they met Feb. 26 at Sunland Park. But the fact that both horses are back less than three weeks later as contenders in the $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap may be more of a positive sign than a warning to watch out for a sore horse.

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