Meet the Contenders: 2024 Robert B. Lewis Stakes

February 1st, 2024

Meet the horses running in the 2024 Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) at Santa Anita. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your Stable Alerts.

Wine Me Up (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#1 Wine Me Up                    ***

Pro: Ran second in the American Pharoah (G1) on the Road to the Kentucky Derby at Santa Anita last fall.

Con: Most recently finished behind Robert B. Lewis rivals Stronghold and Coach Prime when fourth in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2).

Ace of clubs wins at Del Mar (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#2 Ace of Clubs                    *

Pro: Has won two of his four starts on dirt.

Con: Missed the trifecta in all three of his stakes starts, including when fifth in the Los Alamitos Futurity.

Better Than Gold wins at Del Mar (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#3 Better Than Gold                    **

Pro: Rallied to win a one-mile maiden special weight at Del Mar over a pair of next-out winners.

Con: Needs to improve upon his career-best 89 Brisnet Speed rating.


Moonlit Sonata wins at Del Mar (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#4 Moonlit Sonata                    **

Pro: Overcame a slow start to win his debut by 2 1/2 lengths.

Con: Finished a distant fifth when making his stakes debut in the San Vicente (G2).

Coach Prime wins at Del Mar (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#5 Coach Prime                    ****

Pro: Put up a good try when third in the Los Alamitos Futurity, beaten one length for first prize.

Con: Needs a step forward to turn the tables on Los Alamitos Futurity runner-up Stronghold.

Nysos wins the Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#6 Nysos                    *****

Pro: Posted back-to-back 102 Brisnet Speed ratings when dominating his first two starts, including the Bob Hope (G3), by daylight margins.

Con: Has yet to run farther than seven furlongs.

Stronghold breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

Stronghold breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

#7 Stronghold                    ****

Pro: Nearly won the Los Alamitos Futurity, finishing second by a half-length while defeating Robert B. Lewis rivals Coach Prime, Wine Me Up, and Ace of Clubs.

Con: Came home 8 3/4 lengths behind Nysos when second in the Bob Hope.

Santa Anita. (Photo by Benoit Photography)

#8 Mc Vay                    *

Pro: Showed some ability when second in a fast 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Santa Anita two weeks ago.

Con: Has yet to win a race.

Santa Anita. (Photo by

#9 Scatify                    ***

Pro: Battled to victory in his debut sprinting six furlongs at Los Alamitos.

Con: His career-best 88 Brisnet Speed rating looks a little light.