O'Neill eyes second straight Robert B. Lewis Stakes
Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - One year after sending out I'll Have Another to win the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on the way to taking the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O'Neill shoots for a second victory in Saturday's $200,000 Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The 1 1/16-mile stakes is a stepping stone to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 6.
O'Neill has He's Had Enough taking on just three challengers in his 2013 debut. Mario Gutierrez, who was aboard I'll Have Another last year, has the mount again on the gray colt leaving from post 4.
"Mario's gotten to know the horse," O'Neill said. "He's a horse that doesn't apply himself. You have to stay after him to keep him to his task."
Owned by J. Paul Reddam, He's Had Enough was second to Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile after finishing sixth in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at Del Mar and 11th in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. His last start of 2012 resulted in a fifth in the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.
He's Had Enough has earned $448,000 in his five starts.
Starting from post 3 will be Den's Legacy, trained by Bob Baffert for Westrock Stables. The colt will have Garrett Gomez riding for the sixth consecutive start.
Den's Legacy is coming off a second-place finish to Goldencents in the Sham Stakes on Jan. 5 at Santa Anita. The colt was third in the CashCall after winning the Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park and getting second in two minor stakes at Santa Anita.
The colt broke his maiden in his third start and followed with a fifth in the FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 29 at Santa Anita. He comes into Saturday's race with $281,350 in earnings.
Baffert also has Flashback starting in the Robert B. Lewis. The gray colt is to the inside of his stablemate and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux. Owned by Gary and Mary West, Flashback is making his second career start after winning his debut at Hollywood Park on Dec. 8.
The inside post will be occupied by Little Jerry with Tyler Baze in the saddle. Trained by Richard Baltas, the colt will be making his third career start following an eighth-place result in the CashCall Futurity.
Post-time for the Robert B. Lewis is set for 5:03 p.m. (ET).
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