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Data Link wins Citation Handicap

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Data Link won in his Southern California debut Friday, beating Ultimate Eagle by 2 1/4 lengths in the $250,000 Citation Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park.

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Ridden by jockey Garrett Gomez, the 4-year-old War Front colt ran 1 1/16 miles in the Grade II in 1:41:00, and paid $7, $3.80 and $2.60.

Data Link won for the seventh time in 15 starts, and gave Gomez his second Citation win in a row. Gomez has won the race a record four times.

Trained by Shug McGaughey for owner-breeder Stuart S. Janney III, Data Link provided McGaughey with his second Turf Festival victory.

``We're very pleased with the way he ran today and very pleased with the way Garrett Gomez rode him,'' said McGaughey. ``They went slow early, but then they picked it up and Gomez was in a great spot.''

Gomez agreed, saying Data Link bounced away to get him into a good spot.

``From there I could decide whether to ease back or stay where I was. He always traveled beautifully for me,'' Gomez said. ``I hit the front so soon I didn't know what he was going to be like. I never gave him a chance to ease himself down. When I got into him, he really went.''

Out of the Known Fact mare Database, Data Link has earned his wins at five tracks and has earned $673,835.

Ultimate Eagle returned $4.20 and $2.80, and Doubles Partner paid $2.60 to show.

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