HRT Highlights #48: Robert B. Lewis Stakes Recap

In HRT we bring the latest information about horse racing. In this HRT Highlights #48, we will look at racing across the US starting with the Road to the Kentucky Derby Preps.

HRT Highlights #48: Robert B. Lewis Stakes Recap

Bob Baffert is so dominant in California with three-year-old colts that only four signed up for the G3 Robert Lewis and all of those came from the Baffert Barn.  

Newgate went off favored and did not disappoint when he ran down Hard to Figure to win by a neck.  Frankie Dettori piloted Newgate to victory and this gives the 52-year-old Italian a potential Derby mount.  

Newgate currently sits at 35/1 in the Jazz Kentucky Derby future book.

Rocket Can takes off in the Holy Bull 

In the G3 Holy Bull run at Gulfstream, Cyclone Mischief was highly regarded but it was a pair of Bill Mott trainees that stole the show.

Rocket Can was making his first start in a stakes race and he went four wide to take the lead under Junior Alvarado and was able to hold off stablemate Shadow Dragon who closed late at 34/1 to get 2nd.  Rocket Can is now at 50/1 in future book wagering.

Tapit Trice emerges from Gulfstream Park

The surprise three-year-old of the weekend was the Todd Pletcher trainee Tapit Trice who competed in an optional claiming race at Gulfstream and won by 8 lengths and caused Breeders’ Cup announcer Larry Collmus to declare him a top Derby candidate.  The son of Tapit has been bet down to 25/1 on the basis of that victory.

Charge It returns with a victory

 With the retirement of Flightline and Life is Good, the older male horse division took a quality hit but Charge It trained by Todd Pletcher may be ready to compete at that level.  

Not seen since his 23-length victory in the Dwyer last July, the 4-year-old went off at 1/5 and won easily under John Velasquez and will now point to the G1 Metropolitan at Belmont.

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