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Pace Crucial for Robert Lewis Field of Four

1/30/2013

Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes attracted a field of only four, including two sons of Tapit, despite its $200,000 purse and 17 Road to the Kentucky Derby points.

Last year’s Lewis served as a steppingstone to the Derby as I’ll Have Another parlayed a win to triumphs in the Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies and the Preakness Stakes. He was trained by Doug O'Neill and owned by Reddam Racing.

He's Had Enough, from the same connections, finished second by a head to Shanghai Bobby in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita. The son of Tapit has been idle since running a well-beaten fifth in the Grade I CashCall Futurity on Dec. 15.

A first-out maiden winner going 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 12 at Del Mar, He’s Had Enough has broken slowly in three of his five starts and has been devoid of early speed in all of his races. He'll add blinkers for the Lewis, but He’s Had Enough might benefit from a lively pace. However, that could be problematic, given the short field.

Bob Baffert will saddle Flashback and Den’s Legacy.

Den's Legacy is the more experienced of the two. He comes off a good second to Goldencents in the one mile, two-turn Grade III Sham Stakes on Jan. 5.

Prior to that, the Florida-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro finished third from far off the pace in the Grade I CashCall Futurity on Dec. 15. A winner of the Grade III Generous Stakes going one mile on turf Nov. 24, Den’s Legacy has shown an ample amount of versatility and has tactical speed, if needed. With nine starts to his credit, he has more races under his belt than the rest of the Lewis field, combined.

Flashback was a flashy first-out maiden winner going seven furlongs on Dec. 8, cruising to a 4 1/4-length win over next-out winner Appealing Tie. Owned by Gary and Mary West, the Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit has a string of impressive works since his maiden win, including a bullet five furlong drill of 59.40 on Jan. 28—best of 20 at the distance.  Julien Leparoux will again ride Flashback, who may go to the early lead in the Lewis.

Trainer Richard Baltas will send out Little Jerry, who was a first-out maiden winner from well off the pace going 1 1/16 mile on Nov. 18. After breaking slowly, he was never a factor in his next assignment, the CashCall Futurity.  Owned by Jaam Racing Inc. & Riley Racing Stable, Little Jerry will be ridden by Tyler Baze, who was up for the maiden score.

Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey
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Saturday, R4
Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes
Santa Anita Park
$200,000
1 1/16 Mile
Dirt
Post Time: 5:03 ET

Post   Horse ML Jockey Wt Trainer
1 Little Jerry (KY)   T. Baze 118 R. Baltas
2 Flashback (KY)   J. Leparoux 118 B. Baffert
3 Den's Legacy (FL)   G. Gomez 120 B. Baffert
4 He's Had Enough (KY)   M. Gutierriz 118 D. O'Neill

Blinkers On: He's Had Enough. All will run with Lasix.

Owners: 1 - Jaam Racing, Inc. & Riley Racing Stable ; 2 - Gary & Mary West ; 3 - Westrock Stables, LLC ; 4 - Reddam Racing, LLC

Breeders: 1 - Columbiana Farm; 2 - William G. Andrade MD &Michael E. Hernon; 3 - Gaye Swartz; 4 - Alexander Groves Matz, LLC

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