Dortmund Wins Thrilling Robert B Lewis Stakes

Dortmund beat Firing Line by a head to win the Robert B Lewis Stakes (Eclipse Sportswire)
Dortmund beat Firing Line by a head to win the Robert B Lewis Stakes (Eclipse Sportswire)

Dortmund Wins Thrilling Robert B Lewis Stakes

Dortmund remained undefeated, but it was not an easy task as he needed to re-rally in the stretch to capture the grade 3 Robert B Lewis Stakes. He won by a head over Firing Line who appeared to have the race measured.

It was the thrilling match race between the top two horses that everyone expected.

Tizcano went to the lead from the beginning with Dortmund right off his flank. Two lengths behind the leaders were Rock Shandy and Firing Line. In last was Hero Ten All, five lengths off the lead.

Dortmund took over the lead on the backstretch with Tizcano close in tow. Firing Line was now just a length behind with Rock Shandy and Hero Ten All in the back. As they hit the stretch, it was a match race to the finish line between Firing Line, who had now taken a one length lead, and Dortmund in second.

In the stretch Firing Line appeared to be gone before Dortmund came roaring back. The two were head and head down the stretch down to the wire with Dortmund making the final push to win by a head. It was 21 1/2 lengths back to third place and Rock Shandy.

Hero Ten All was fourth while Tizcano finished last. Sebastian’s Heart was scratched from the race.

Dortmund won as the three to five favorite paying $3.60 to win, $2.10 to place, and $2.10 to show. He covered the one and one sixteenth mile race in 1:42.20. Martin Garcia rode Dortmund to the victory while Bob Baffert is the trainer.

Dortmund earned 10 points for his victory to bring him up to a total of 20. Firing Line earned four points for his second place finish to give him 8 points total. Rock Shandy earned two points for a total of six while Hero Ten All earned his first point towards the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard.

The grade 2 San Felipe is the next prep race at Santa Anita on March 7. There will be races next weekend on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The first race next weekend will be the grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate on Saturday, February 14. The other race will be on Monday, February 16 at Oaklawn Park in the form of the grade 3 Southwest Stakes.

Far From Over Upsets Withers Stakes

Far From Over Wins the 2015 Withers Stakes (Coglianese Photography/NYRA)
Far From Over Wins the 2015 Withers Stakes (Coglianese Photography/NYRA)

Far From Over Upsets Withers Stakes

An eventful start did not compromise Far From Over as he rallied strongly in the stretch to capture the grade 3 Withers Stakes. He rallied past El Kabeir and Classy Class in the final strides to win by nearly two lengths.

The race began evenly for all horses except the eventual winner as he spotted the field at least 5 lengths in the first few strides. Classy Class took control early from the rail with March and El Kabeir a length and a half behind in second and third respectively. Tencendur was another length behind with General Bellamy three lengths behind and Far From Over in last by 7 1/2 lengths after a quarter of a mile.

On the backstretch Classy Class was tested for the lead by El Kabeir with March back in third by two lengths. Tencendur, General Bellamy, and Far From Over rounded out the field with the winner still nearly 10 lengths behind the leading duo.

On the turn and into the stretch both El Kabeir and Classy Class were still battling for the lead while Far From Over made a big move on the turn to close within a length and a half. The top two continued to battle deep into the stretch until a surging run by Far From Over ended that battle with him winning by a length three-quarters. El Kabeir was second by another length over Classy Class. Tencendur grabbed fourth, March was fifth, and General Bellamy was last of 6. Unrivaled was scratched before to the race.

Far From Over covered the mile and and one sixteenth in 1:43.93 at odds of 6.20 to 1. He paid $14.40 to win, $4.20 to place, and $2.60 to show. He was ridden by Manuel Franco and is trained by Todd Pletcher. Far From Over is a ridgling by Blame out of the A.P. Indy mare Alchemist.

The win by Far From Over makes him a perfect two for two after his maiden victory in mid December. For his win Far From Over received 10 points towards the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. El Kabeir earned four points for finishing second, which pushes him back on top of the leaderboard with 25 points. Classy Class earned two points to give him a total of three and Tencendur earned his first point of the prep season.

The next race at Aqueduct on the Road to the Kentucky Derby is the Gotham Stakes on March 7.