04/21/2016 11:46AM

Noosito starts year without main rival

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Noosito will appreciate not having to face Stryker Phd when he makes his seasonal debut at Emerald Downs on Saturday. Stryker Phd hasn’t lost at Emerald since 2013, and victories in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile in the last two years account for two of his seven wins in the streak. Noosito had the misfortune of moving into the older handicap division last year and was the only horse who came close to beating Stryker Phd, losing by a neck in the Budweiser and a half-length in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic last September.

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