07/16/2015 8:40PM

Soul Driver narrowly prevails in Oceanside

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Bad trips cost Soul Driver in his races earlier this year. Good trips have helped him in his last two starts, never more so than opening day Thursday at Del Mar, when jockey Mike Smith extricated him from a potentially difficult spot heading to the far turn, and guided him to a narrow victory over a stubborn Forest Blue in the $116,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-old grass runners.

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