The Pamplemousse has solidified his status as one of California's top 3-year-olds and a leading Kentucky Derby candidate.

The gray colt romped to an easy victory in Saturday's $200,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, leading all the way under Alex Solis.

A month after leading from start to finish in winning the San Rafael for his first stakes victory, The Pamplemousse did it again. He covered 1 1-8 miles in 1:47.86, the same distance as the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4, the West Coast's major prep for the Kentucky Derby.

The Pamplemousse is co-owned by Solis' son, Alex II.

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