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Robert B. Lewis Stakes
The Robert B. Lewis Stakes is a ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ prep race held annually in early February at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. The race is open to 3-year-olds and is the second Derby prep at Santa Anita to start the New Year. The top four finishers are rewarded with Kentucky Derby qualifying points (10-4-2-1). The Grade III race at 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) has a current purse of $150,000 and is also a key prep race for the Santa Anita Derby in early April.
The Robert B. Lewis stakes was originally called the Santa Catalina Handicap in 1935. In 2007, it was renamed to honor the prominent racehorse owner and philanthropist who died in 2006.
The speed record for the 1 1/16 mile race is 1:40.76 set by Crown of Thoms in 2008. Jockey Bill Shoemaker won the race a record seven times with his last in 1988. Current trainer Bob Baffert has won the race a record six times, and was a regular trainer for Robert B. Lewis.
Notable winners of the Robert B. Lewis Stakes include Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand (1986, Bill Shoemaker), Sham (1973 when Laffit Pincay, Jr. won the race a third straight time), Dortmund (2015, trainer Bob Baffert), Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another (2012), and Pioneer of the Nile (2009 with the late Garrett Gomez riding for Bob Baffert). Pioneer of the Nile finished 2nd in the Kentucky Derby and was the sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Other Robert B. Lewis Stakes winners that also won the Santa Anita Derby include: Sham (1973), An Act (1976), Larry the Legend (1995), General Challenge (1999), The Deputy (2000), Brother Derek (2006) and I’ll Have Another (2012).
Bob and Beverly Lewis were generally beloved and admired, and they graced the sports with a rare brand of dignity and class. The race named in Bob’s honor represents his wisdom, class and character, and his love for the sport, California racing and the Kentucky Derby.
Robert Lewis Past Winners List
|2/4/2012||I'll Have Another|
|2/7/2009||Pioneerof the Nile|
|2/2/2008||Crown of Thorns|
|1/30/2000||The Deputy (IRE)|
|2/4/1996||Prince of Thieves|
|2/8/1995||Larry the Legend|
|1/27/1993||Art of Living|