It's difficult to get a good read on how talented a horse may or may not be when they win a race against a small field. Without the presence of a legitimate pace horse or the task of overcoming traffic issues, or any number of other factors that come into play when running against a large field, it's hard to answer the question: "How good was that race?" And that's precisely the issue handicappers will debate over the next several weeks following Flashback's gate-to-wire victory in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Breaking cleanly under jockey Julien Leparoux, Flashback went right to the front of the four-horse field and set easy fractions of 24.17, 48.69 and 1:12.17 for the first six furlongs. Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up He's Had Enough tried to apply pressure on Flashback as they raced down the backstretch, but by the time the field hit the far turn, it was clear Flashback had plenty of gas left in the tank. Entering the stretch, Flashback pulled away from his rivals on his way to winning the second race of his career.
Den's Legacy finished second while He's Had Enough finished third.
Flashback is a 3-year-old colt by Tapit out of a Mr. Greeley mare (Rhumb), trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Julien Leparoux.
Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. There was no show wagering on the Lewis due to the four-horse field:
|4-He's Had Enough||$0.00|
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