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2014 Robert B Lewis at Santa Anita

Santa Anita’s Robert B Lewis

I'll Have AnotherWe are officially down to 3 races left in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Prep Season with the 2014 Robert B. Lewis running this Saturday at Santa Anita. If you are unfamiliar with the Kentucky Derby Points System or new to HHR, be sure and check out our page dedicated to the points system here- 2014 Kentucky Derby Points System. The Robert B. Lewis Stakes was originally known as the Santa Catalina Handicap when it began in 1935. After not running in ’36, the race returned in ’37 as the Santa Catalina California-Bred Championship Stakes and was renamed again in 1940 as the Santa Catalina Nursery Stakes where it became a 3 furlong race for 2 year olds. In ’41 it became the Santa Catalina Handicap again and stayed that way until 1964 when it became the Santa Catalina Stakes. In 2007 it was named in honor of a prominent racehorse owner who had recently passed away, Robert B. Lewis. This race has produced several big names in the sport including 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, Artax, Declan’s Moon, Pioneerof the Nile, and 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, I’ll Have Another.

2014 Robert B. Lewis

Midnight HawkThe $200,000 Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes will be the 8th race on the card at Santa Anita on Saturday and will see a field of 7 three year olds compete over 1 1/16 mile. Many will be keeping a sharp eye on Midnight Hawk, winner of the Grade 3 Sham Stakes back in January. Midnight Hawk overcame the Sham’s short 4 horse field, winning by 1 ¾ lengths. Undefeated in 2 starts, Midnight Hawk will have Mike Smith in the irons and is trained by Bob Baffert. Also trained by Baffert in this race is Chitu, ridden by Martin Garcia. Chitu is also undefeated in 2 starts, but this will be his first attempt at a stakes race. In this field he is the closest to Midnight Hawk as far as speed figures and should give the Sham winner some trouble.Chitu The next closest would be Candy Boy who ran 2nd in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park back in December, missing the win by 5 ¾ lengths to Shared Belief. Gary Stevens gets the mount again for Candy Boy from trainer, John Sadler. I’m afraid Midnight Hawk is going to be the beast in this one and will be tough to beat. For value, I like both Chitu and Candy Boy. I look for Chitu to grab the early lead and hopefully have enough to hold back Midnight Hawk with a wire-to-wire win. Should these two tangle up and tire one another out, Candy boy has a good opportunity to stalk the pace and grab an upset. Of course, after seeing what the Seahawks did to Denver in the Super Bowl last week, Midnight Hawk may very well show us some of the same “hawk” power in this race. Good luck everybody!

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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