Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes is on tap this Saturday, February 8 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Three year olds will take to Santa Anita's dirt track and go 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse and the 10 qualification points toward the Kentucky Derby in May.
A field of seven three year olds will line up in the Robert B. Lewis - race 8 on Santa Anita's Saturday card. Post time is 4:00 PM. here is a brief look into the past performances of all seven entries for this Grade 2 stakes - an important prep for the $1 million Grade1 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derby.
Midnight Hawk - Bob Baffert trained colt has been very impressive in his career thus far - two wins in two career starts. Last time out was by 1 3/4 lengths as 2-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes here January 11 after a MSW score in his debut at Hollywood Park January 13. His early results have him looking like a contender for both the Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies. Midnight Hawk is unquestionably the one to beat Saturday and Mike Smith has the call.
Candy Boy - has five career starts for trainer John Sadler - a pair of fourths to start his career to go along with a pair of seconds including the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity behind Eclipse Award winner Shared Belief last time out with a 95 Beyer Speed Figure (the same as Midnight Hawks Figure in his Sham win) at Hollywood Park December 14. He also had a MSW score two back by 8 1/4 lengths at Hollywood Park November 22. Candy Boy is trending upward and is expected to challenge Saturday.
Chitu - Bob Baffert trained colt will try to remain perfect in his career but steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score as 3-5 favorite here December 27 after a MSW score at Hollywood Park December 7. Any Bob Baffert trainee will get some hype - especially ones that are undefeated in their careers.
Diamond Bachelor - Had been very good so far in his young career for trainer Patrick Biancone - a second place finish last time out in the minor Zuma Beach Stakes here October 6 followed two wins including the minor Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes at Del Mar September 4. But last time out was his worst career performance - a ninth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in his only start on dirt. Diamond Bachelor has been good on turf but is yet unproven on dirt.
Home Run Kitten - David Hofmans pupil broke maiden last time out in his second career start - on this track January 11 after a third in a similar race in his debut December 15. He tries two turns and dirt for the first timer Saturday.
Cool Samurai - broke maiden last time out for trainer John Shereffs - December 27 on this track after a second in his debut in a MSW at Belmont Park in October.
El Nino Terrible - Peter Miller trainee started his career in Brazil where he finished fourth in his career debt. He has two starts since - a sixth in a MSW January 4 on this track was followed by a maiden win in gate-to-wire fashion also here January 17.