04/14/2016 12:10PM

Noble Bird needs improvement to win Ben Ali

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Noble Bird was among the Grade 1 winners of 2015 in a career season for trainer Mark Casse. However, while two of his stablemates – Eclipse Award winner Tepin and Canadian champion Catch a Glimpse – were heavy program favorites at Keeneland this week, Noble Bird is viewed with more skepticism in his return here. Noble Bird is 7-2 on the morning line for the Grade 3, $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes on Saturday, seeking his first win since taking the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap last June.

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