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Smith Says Midnight Hawk Big on Ability

Midnight Hawk is big in size and big on ability, two significant attributes in the opinion of Mike Smith, who rides the unbeaten 3-year-old in Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

“He’s a colt with a lot of talent,” Smith said. “There’s a lot to him; he’s a big horse, which is good this time of year. He’s got room to get even stronger and tighter. He’s getting better with every race.

“He’s been a little green down the lane when he hears the crowd. He kind of wants to get away from the noise, but he’s improving. Other than that, I don’t know how good he is yet. We’re just going to let him tell us.”

Home Run Kitten makes his dirt debut in the Lewis after two starts on turf. “We’re going to try it,” said trainer David Hofmans. “He’s a Kitten’s Joy (progeny), and if he adapts to the dirt and the distance, it gives us options. If not, then we’ll go back to the grass.”

The field for the Lewis: Candy Boy, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Diamond Bachelor, Julien Leparoux, 6-1; Midnight Hawk, Mike Smith, 9-5; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Cool Samurai, Corey Nakatani, 6-1; El Nino Terrible, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; and Chitu, Martin Garcia, 7-2.



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