Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have full slates of stakes at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, and a Triple Crown prep in New York.
If you're thinking a pick three on the three Derby prep races—all scheduled within a 95-minute window—would surely stimulate some nationwide interest in the proceedings, you're right. And you're also out of luck, because that makes too much sense.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue Saturday with the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G3), Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2) and Kitten's Joy Stakes.
Without a clear favorite among the five entered in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three of the five, is hopeful any or all of his horses will seize an opportunity to move forward.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens delivered an icy ride and grade I winner Mor Spirit responded full of run in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
As the series of Southern California Triple Crown preps really kicks into gear with the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park, once again a Bob Baffert-trained colt looms prominently.
Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit continued to work toward his 3-year-old debut Jan. 23 at Santa Anita Park with a six-furlong workout under regular jockey Gary Stevens.
Nyquist, the morning after securing the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male of 2015, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Jan. 17 in 1:00 4/5.
An argument could be made that California's second-best Triple Crown hopeful at this point in the year might only have a maiden special weight win.
J. Keeler Johnson recaps the San Antonio showdown and a great weekend of Derby preps. read blog
Odds-on choice Dortmund, passed in upper stretch by rival Firing Line, fought back along the inside to score a head victory in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
J. Keeler Johnson previews the Donn Handicap, San Antonio Stakes and more! read blog
Unbeaten Dortmund can solidify his position as the West Coast's top 3-year-old when he faces five opponents in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
California trainer John Sadler sent Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) winner Candy Boy through his final major preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) April 26 at Churchill Downs.
Evan Hammonds recaps his top 5 Kentucky Derby prep race performances by horses still on the Kentucky Derby trail. watch video
Candy Boy is the product of two generations of outcrossing on what had become an intensely inbred female line.
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Candy Boy in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Blingo in the San Antonio Stakes, and Groupie Doll in the Hurricane Bertie Stakes. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, San Antonio Stakes, and the Hurricane Bertie Stakes.
Candy Boy stamped himself as the top contender for the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) when he overpowered a pair of well-regarded Bob Baffert trainees in winning the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 8 at Santa Anita.
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Claire Novak and Frank Angst take another look at Kentucky Derby contenders in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes this weekend. Can Candy Boy hold up to Midnight Hawk? watch video
Claire Novak and Frank Angst take another look at Kentucky Derby contenders in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes this weekend. Can Candy Boy hold up to Midnight Hawk? Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.
The Robert B. Lewis Stakes drew only seven entries, but that's consistent with the average field size for this race the last seven years. Let's take a look at who might win it.
Sham Stakes (gr. III) winner Midnight Hawk takes his next step on the Triple Crown trail for trainer Bob Baffert when he faces six other 3-year-olds in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Game on Dude covered four furlongs in 48 seconds flat in preparation for the Feb. 8 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), while Midnight Hawk worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5, also with Garcia aboard.
There was no immediate word from trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's camp on the status of unbeaten Triple Crown contender Shared Belief, who had been slated to work at Santa Anita Park Jan. 24 but did not.
After missing a recently scheduled workout with a slight quarter crack, champion Shared Belief is to have his next timed work Friday, Jan. 24, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.
Undefeated Shared Belief missed a scheduled workout the morning of Jan. 12 but is still on course for his 3-year-old debut in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II), according to the assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Undefeated CashCall Futurity (gr. I) winner Shared Belief, a leading candidate for 2013 Eclipse Award honors as outstanding male juvenile, worked five furlongs handily Jan. 3 in 1:00 2/5 over the main track at Santa Anita.
Trainer Bob Baffert viewed the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) as a scrimmage for untested Flashback, and the talented son of Tapit proved he was ready for tougher with an easy tally at Santa Anita Park Feb. 2.
Pete Denk and Claire Novak handicap the Withers Stakes and take a brief look at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. watch video
Trainer Doug O'Neill will seek a repeat win Feb. 2 in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) with Reddam Racing's He's Had Enough, who has just three opponents in the early-season Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) prep.
He's Had Enough, game runner-up in last fall's Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), worked six furlongs over a wet-fast track at Santa Anita Park Jan. 25 in preparation for his upcoming 3-year-old debut.
A look at his form makes it slightly surprising that I'll Have Another was underestimated in the Robert B. Lewis, and a glance at his pedigree marks him as a colt who could be expected to improve with time and distance.
Off for five months and making his first start around two turns, I'll Have Another produced an easy upset victory at odds of 43-1 in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 4.
Trainer Doug O'Neill has picked a tough spot for his promising colt I'll Have Another, who returns from a five-month absence in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita.
Jason and Tom handicap the Robert B. Lewis and the Withers. Watch Video
Liaison, at this early juncture trainer Bob Baffert's most accomplished contender for the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and beyond, faces seven opponents in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 4.
California-bred Rousing Sermon, beaten only a neck by Liaison in the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park last month, worked four furlongs Jan. 29 in :47 2/5 for his 3-year-old bow in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 4.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapizar has been taken off the Derby trail after a chip was discovered in his left knee following his disappointing fifth-place finish in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at odds of 1-5 Feb. 12
Stalking Anthony's Cross, wearing blinkers for the first time, defeated Riveting Reason by a nose to win the $250,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) after prohibitive favorite Tapizar flamed out early at Santa Anita Feb. 12.
Jason, Tom, and Rich Nilsen of twinspires.com preview the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) and the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III). Watch Video
Tapizar, probably the leading 3-year-old in California following his 4 1/4-length victory in last month's Sham Stakes (gr. III), appears to be a standout in the $250,000 Robert B. Lewis (gr. II) Feb. 12.
Caracortado, the California-bred gelding who won the first five races of his career including the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II), breezed three furlongs Sept. 21 at Hollywood Park in his first work since the Preakness.
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In a breakout race that put Caracortado on Derby watchers' radar, the Cal-bred also focuses attention on newly-transferred Cat Dreams, who stands in Indiana for the 2010 season.
Jason, Tom, and Tim Holland of brisnet/twinspires.com preview the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) on February 13 at Tampa Bay Downs. Watch Now
Three important stakes that were canceled because of weather-related problems at Santa Anita Feb. 6 will return as promised a week later with the fields mostly intact.
Despite heavy rain that forced cancellation of Santa Anita's stakes-heavy card Feb. 6, horsemen are making whatever adjustments are necessary and are moving forward.
Santa Anita canceled its Feb. 6 card due to heavy rains in Southern California. The wash out of the program impacts important prep races for both the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
Jason, Tom, and Les Instone of brisnet/Twinspires.com preview the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) and the Donn Handicap (gr. I). Plus, quick picks for the Gulfstream Park Turf and the Hallandale Beach. Watch Now
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