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Argot Impressively Scores Allowance TDN

8th-FG, $39,000, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($50,000), 2-14, 3yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:04.98, fm.

ARGOT (c, 3, Stroll–Argue, by Storm Cat) began his career under the care of trainer Ken McPeek and graduated at fourth asking in a 6 1/2-furlong dash over the testing Kentucky Downs turf course. A tiring 14th in the GIII Dixiana Bourbon S. at Keeneland Oct. 4, the dark bay was subsequently transferred to this new barn. Argot was a non-factor seventh in the six-furlong Sugar Bowl S. on the main track here Dec. 19 and added blinkers and Lasix for this sophomore bow. The homebred pressed the pace through a quarter-mile in :22.42 and drove clear to a 3 1/4-length success. D. Shifflett (Valid Expectations) finished second best.

Lifetime Record: 7-2-0-1, $102,260.

O/B-Stone Farm (KY); T-Michael Stidham.