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Concert Tour scores a hit in winning San Vicente Stakes

Opening day of horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia,

Arcadia, CA - December 26: Horse racing with no fans due to the Coronavirus Pandemic during opening day of horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Saturday, December 26, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Concert Tour won the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes by a half-length over Freedom Fighter on Saturday at Santa Anita, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a 1-2 finish of Kentucky Derby hopefuls.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Concert Tour ran seven furlongs in 1:24.06 and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10 as the heavy2-5 favorite.

Concert Tour and Freedom Fighter raced as a team over the final quarter of a mile before Concert Tour edged in front. Baffert earned his record 11th win in the Grade 2 race.

Freedom Fighter returned $3.60 and $2.20. The Chosen Vron was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.10 to show.

Freedom Fighter had been idle since Aug. 1, when he won his first race.

“Freedom Fighter just broke like a rocket ship. He’s really fast and been doing really well,” Baffert said. “I thought they were going to get into a speed duel. It was a good race for both of them.”

The victory, worth $120,000, increased Concert Tour’s career earnings to $156,600.

Last weekend, Medina Spirit led all the way and fought off two challengers late to win the $100,000 Robert Lewis Stakes by a neck for Baffert in another Kentucky Derby prep at Santa Anita.