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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - War Academy won the $58,000 feature by 3 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita on Friday in his third career start and first around two turns, convincing trainer Bob Baffert to point his colt toward a Kentucky Derby prep.

Ridden by Mike Smith, War Academy ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.42 and paid $3.80, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite. He was 5 1/2 lengths behind stablemate Mandando with three-eighths of a mile to run, but easily reeled him in.

``What I like so much about him is there's sooo much room to improve,'' said Smith, who was aboard War Academy for the first time. ``He was well, well within himself.''

Baffert said he will run War Academy in a major Kentucky Derby prep in an effort to accumulate the necessary qualifying points to make the 20-horse field.

``I don't know where yet, but it'll be a hundred (qualifying) points whatever it is,'' he said. ``We're going for the bonus round.''

Manando returned $2.40 and $2.20, while Brokered was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show.

The victory, worth $34,800, increased War Academy's career earnings to $70,800. The colt was purchased for $450,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale by Michael Tabor, John Magnier and Derrick Smith.

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