Pair from Baffert barn headline Lewis Stakes
Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has half of the four horses entered to run in Saturday's $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The two colts are the top choices in the morning line for the 1 1/16-mile stakes.
Flashback is the 3-5 early favorite off his 3 1/2-length victory at Hollywood Park on Dec. 8. The gray 3-year-old, owned by Gary and Mary West, will start from post 2 and will be ridden again by Julien Leparoux.
"Right now, you're not shooting for the first Saturday in May," said Baffert. "It's my horse's second out, he's going long, and I want it to be a good experience for him.
"I want him to run well and come out of it healthy. This race is just like a scrimmage. That's the way I look at it."
Den's Legacy is the 5-2 second pick and has the post directly to the outside of his stablemate with Garrett Gomez getting the ride again.
Owned by Westrock Stable, 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 Futurity after winning the Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park and getting second in two minor stakes at Santa Anita.
Den's Legacy 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.
Trainer Doug O'Neill has J. Paul Reddam's He's Had Enough in the race, attempting for trainer, owner and jockey Mario Gutierrez to repeat last year's victory with I'll Have Another. He's Had Enough has drawn the outside post as the 3-1 third choice.
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.
The inside post will be occupied by Little Jerry, 8-1 in the program, 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.
The field for the Lewis from the rail out: Little Jerry, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Flashback, Julien Leparoux, 3-5; Den's Legacy, Garrett Gomez, 5-2; and He's Had Enough, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1.
Post-time for the Robert B. Lewis is set for 5:03 p.m. (ET).
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