Let’s preview the horse racing contenders that will likely make up the field in the 2012 Robert B. Lewis Stakes.
The 2012 Robert B. Lewis Stakes will be ran on February 4th from Santa Anita Park, and we wanted to take a second to preview the horses that are probable to be in the starting gate for this 1 1/8-mile race on dirt. The Robert B. Lewis has a $200,000 purse and will be shown live on Horse Racing TV, and the race has produced some excellent Triple Crown runners in recent years.
Pioneer of the Nile won the 2009 Robert B. Lewis Stakes before finishing 2nd to Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby that year, while Caracortado was the 2010 winner here but ran into some trouble before finishing only 7th in the Preakness Stakes. Brother Derek won the race in 2006 and was actually the pre-race Kentucky Derby favorite before drawing a horrible post position en route to a 4th place finish. You are very likely to find a few potential Triple Crown horses amongst the 2012 Robert B. Lewis Stakes field considering how successful they’ve been in previous editions of the race.
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2012 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Contenders – Potential Field:
Rousing Sermon – Has finished top 3 in all 6 career races, but hasn’t won since the California Cup Juvenile back in October. That was a dirt race at a mile or longer and the experience will help out.
Liaison – Looks to be the best in the field after winning at longer than a mile in the Real Quiet and the CashCall Futurity in his last 2 starts. Has bested Rousing Sermon in both of those victories.
Sky Kingdom – Has won at the maiden and allowance level but came up empty in a 4th place finish at the CashCall Futurity. This will be his 4th race at longer than a mile so a step up could be expected.
Groovin’ Solo – Finished 13th in the CashCall Futurity and was no better than 4th in attempts to break maiden before looking excellent in finally doing so at Santa Anita last time out. Only time will tell if the improvement is a sign of things to come.
Isn’t He Clever – Sired by Smarty Jones, Isn’t be Clever won the Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park most recently. Has finished 1st in 3 of 4 races with the 1 loss being a 2nd place finish in the Clever Trevor at Remington Park. He’ll be taking a large step up in competition at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.
Empire Way – Has finished 5th in the CashCall Futurity and 6th in the Hollywood Prevue most recently, but the son of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker has some of the best bloodlines in the sport of horse racing with names like Unbridled, A.P. Indy, and Seattle Slew on both sides.
Chips All In – Another runner that will be taking a big step up in competition, Chips All In is fresh off a turf win at a mile in the Eddie Logan. Finished 2nd in the Golden Nugget in his only attempt on dirt and has plenty to prove here.
I’ll Have Another – Won a maiden race at Hollywood Park before jumping into a higher level of competition. Held his own in 2 graded stakes races but has never gone more than 7 furlongs.
Blueskisnrainbows – Finished no better than 6th in two maiden breaking efforts at Santa Anita before finally getting the job done with a win at Hollywood Park. Most recently won at Santa Anita at a mile in late January.