(Medina Spirit wins the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
ABEL, CEDILLO, MEDINA SPIRIT, WINNER: “He’s a very game horse. At the quarter pole, I didn’t know, but he looked around and when he saw those horses, he kept going. He didn’t get tired at all. On the gallop out, he was by himself.”
BOB BAFFERT, MEDINA SPIRIT, WINNER: “That reminded me a little bit of Silver Charm. He had every reason to give it up late down in the stretch (when) those horses came to him, I thought he was beat. I thought they were going to get by and he wouldn’t let them by, he fought on. He really is not as tired as I thought he would be. He got caught up in the speed duel. We were afraid about the one-hole and I was hoping he could just back off a little bit. We’re going to work with him and learn about the horse. A race like this gives them a good foundation, that’s why I decided to run him here. I rather run him in a race and keep breezing him, getting him ready. He’s going to get a lot out of this race, but I think you have to take him pretty seriously now. Those are two good horses that he beat, so I’m really fortunate.
“We just have to keep him healthy. It’s a really tiring track, he went real fast early, but he showed that he had the qualities there. It’s nice to win the Robert B. Lewis because it means so much to me. I would have liked my other horse (fourth place finisher Spielberg) to run better than he did but those things happen.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Zedan Racing Stables, Inc.