The promising Kentucky Derby contender El Areeb, whose next start is currently up in the air, signaled that he is continuing to thrive when he breezed a half-mile in a rapid :47.80 on February 18th at Laurel Park.
The son of Exchange Rate is riding a four-race win streak that includes easy wins in the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) and Withers Stakes (gr. III), both at Aqueduct. Trainer Cathal Lynch has been contemplating the possibility of waiting until April before running El Areeb again, but has left open the possibility that El Areeb could start in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) on March 4th at Aqueduct.
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