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2015 Robert B Lewis

Santa Anita’s Robert B Lewis Stakes

Candy BoyOn Saturday, February 7th we have the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. This race is a part of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Points System where the winner receives 10 points towards a possible Kentucky Derby entry. If you are unfamiliar with the points system, you can read up on it here- 2015 Kentucky Derby Points System. You’ll want to bookmark that page as we will be keeping up with the points leaders, races and replays leading up to this year’s Kentucky Derby to help you with your handicapping efforts. In last year’s edition of this race we saw Candy Boy win over Chitu by ½ of a length, paying $6.60 for the win. Unfortunately, Candy Boy hasn’t won since then, but he did go on to show us some respectable 2nd place efforts in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby and the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby. Let’s take a look at this year’s race.

2015 Robert B. Lewis

DortmundThe $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes is Race 5 on Saturday’s card at Santa Anita and will feature a field of 6 three year olds traveling 1 1/16 mile. The 4/5 morning line favorite is Dortmund. Dortmund is undefeated in his only 3 starts, including his head bob victory in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity back in December. In that race, he beat out Firing Line, who is the 7/5 morning line choice here. Firing Line is the closest I think we will get as far as a value play in this race. A lot of play in this race will go towards Dortmund, but I like Firing Line here. He missed the win in his last outing by a head bob to Dortmund, but I look for him to improve here. Firing LineHe has a versatile running style that will be to his advantage and his best dirt speed is close to the average winning speed. Ironically, he has Gary Stevens in the irons who won this race last year with Candy Boy. To make things even more interesting, Dortmund has Martin Garcia in the irons who was on Chitu in last year’s race. I look for these two to duke it out down to the very end, with Firing Line taking it at the wire. For a way out there longshot here, I like Sebastian’s Heart at 30 to 1 on the ML. In his only win he put up a speed figure that could be competitive with the top 2 here. He hasn’t been out since November, but he has been training hard and his works look good enough to compete here. I also like that his connections are putting Agapito Delgadillo back in the saddle because he was the jockey that got that win out of this horse back in October of last year. Definitely consider this horse for your exotics and quite possibly a huge upset. 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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