(Newgate wins Robert B. Lewis Stakes / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team
GRADE III, $200,000, ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES QUOTES
LANFRANCO DETTORI, NEWGATE, WINNER: “We had a good pace in the race, we came back in good time. Today we moved sharper and we beat some good horses. He was a little slow with his lead changes, but he ran well.”
RAMON VAZQUEZ, HARD TO FIGURE, SECOND: “I had a good horse, and I tried very hard to get in a good position. The other horse was just more fit, I was close but they beat us in the last couple of yards.”
BOB BAFFERT, NEWGATE, WINNER: “Frankie Dettori has been teaching him how to just sit back, relax and come with a punch and that is what he did today. Arabian Lion looked like he was in a good spot, came up a little tired, we are not sure about distance limitations. Worcester was right there, and I think Hard To Figure ran an incredible race. I mean he was right there fighting hard like he was going to get it done but Newgate with the experience of having two turns got it done. I’m very proud of how they all ran.
“I think this is why we have these races these preps. You’re trying to figure out their styles. Newgate, before when we were sending him, he wasn’t finishing. I wasn’t sure how far he wanted to go…. It was Hard to Figure’s first time going long and he almost pulled it off. So much improvement in all these horses. Worcester is still a maiden, but we had to get a two turns into him, so he’s got a bright future ahead of him.
“I was actually nervous before the race, worried that something weird might happen, but I can relax now.”
NOTES: The winning owners are SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Robert E., Masterson, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Jay A Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital LLC and Catherine Donovan.