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Bassanio and Run Away Rojo Score Breakthroughs / Friday, April 21, 2023

An English-bred and an Indiana-bred, it was graduation time all the same for Bassanio and Run Away Rojo.

Bassanio, acquired and imported from Europe as a yearling, delivered as the odds-on favorite in maiden special weight company Saturday at Laurel in his fourth career start, acing a cutback in distance to a mile for jockey Jorge Ruiz and trainer Arnaud Delacour.

The 4-year-old gelding will be based at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland, this spring and summer.

Run Away Rojo obliged at 4-to-5 odds in his third career start Wednesday in a state-bred maiden event at Horseshoe Indianapolis. DeShawn Parker guided him for trainer Dallas Stewart.

West Point acquired Run Away Rojo at the 2022 OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Bassanio winning on April 15 at Laurel:

Run Away Rojo winning on April 18 at Horseshoe Indianapolis:

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