07/18/2014 1:02PM

Stryker Phd in peak form for Mt. Rainier

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AUBURN, Wash. – With his easy victory in the Budweiser Handicap in his last start, Stryker Phd completed his transformation from lovable loser to leading contender in the handicap division at Emerald Downs. The late-running 5-year-old is likely to be a heavy favorite Sunday in the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile test for older horses and Emerald’s final proving ground before the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile on Aug. 24.

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