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Four consecutive wins on turf have carried Howe Great into the Triple Crown series picture, and he is expected to make his final start before the Kentucky Derby in the Blue Grass on Polytrack at Keeneland. Howe Great does not have a win on dirt - the Derby surface - but neither did his Team Valor International stablemate Animal Kingdom before he captured the Run for the Roses last year. The Kentucky-bred colt has an international flavor in his pedigree. He is a son of Hat Trick - hence the use of Howe for hockey great Gordie Howe - a Japanese-bred by the Hall of Famer Sunday Silence out of a South African mare, Ginger Sea. Team Valor International president Barry Irwin owns the mare and bred the colt. Irwin briefly owned the stallion, which he sold to Walmac International. Hat Trick now stands at Gainesway Farm. Howe Great finished second in his debut in September on dirt and won his next start in October on grass. He earned an allowance victory on grass in December and then won a pair of stakes on turf, the Kitten's Joy and the Grade 3 Palm Beach.   

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