Race of the Week 2017

He's Had Enough Tops Compact Robert Lewis

Shanghai Bobby and Rosie Napravnik (right) battle He's Had Enough and Mario Gutierrez to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on November 3, 2012.

Last year’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis served as a steppingstone to superstardom, as I’ll Have Another parlayed his Lewis win to triumphs in the Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies and the Preakness Stakes.

Saturday’s Lewis attracted a field of four, including He’s Had Enough, who like I’ll Have Another, is owned by Reddam Racing, Inc., trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez.

Second, beaten a head by Shanghai Bobby in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 3, He’s Had Enough has been idle since running a well-beaten fifth in the Grade I CashCall Futurity on Dec. 15.

A first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Aug. 12 at Del Mar, He’s Had Enough has broken slowly in three out of his five starts and has been devoid of early speed in all of his races.

A Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit, He’s Had Enough would benefit from a lively pace, but that could be problematic, given the short field. Due primarily to his second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup, He’s Had Enough sports the biggest Lewis bankroll, with $448,000 in earnings from a record of 5-1-1-0.

Bob Baffert will saddle likely Lewis favorite, Den’s Legacy, who comes off a good second, beaten 1 ½ lengths by current Kentucky Derby points leader Goldencents in the one mile, Grade III Sham Stakes on Jan. 5.

Prior to that, the Florida-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro finished third, from far off the pace, in the Grade I CashCall Futurity on Dec. 15. A winner of the Grade III Generous Stakes going one mile on turf Nov. 24, Den’s Legacy has shown an ample amount of versatility and has tactical speed, if needed.

With nine starts to his credit, he has more races under his belt than the rest of the Lewis field, combined. His complete record is 9-2-4-1, with earnings of $281,350.

Baffert will also send out Flashback, who was a flashy first-out maiden winner going seven furlongs on Dec. 8, cruising to a 4 ¼ length win over next-out winner Appealing Tie.

Owned by Gary and Mary West, the Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit has a string of impressive works since his maiden win, including a bullet five furlong drill of 59.40 on Jan. 28—best of 20 at the distance. Julien Leparoux will again ride Flashback, who may go to the early lead in the Lewis.

Trainer Richard Baltas will send out Little Jerry, who was a first-out maiden winner from well off the pace going 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 18. After breaking slowly, he was never a factor in his next assignment, the CashCall Futurity, on Dec. 15. Owned by Jaam Racing Inc. & Riley Racing Stable, Little Jerry will be ridden by Tyler Baze, who was up for the maiden score.

The Robert B. Lewis Stakes, to be run as Saturday’s fourth race, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Little Jerry, Tyler Baze, 118; Flashback, Julien Leparoux, 118; Den’s Legacy, Garrett Gomez, 120, and He’s Had Enough, Mario Gutierrez, 118.


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Older Comments about He's Had Enough Tops Compact Robert Lewis...

Cali has a decent crop. Florida is where most of the talent is this year, though.
Add Goldencents to that list as well.
Den's Legacy, Fury Kapcori, Power Broker... yeah, real weak
I'm going with Den's Legacy. Weak crop in Cali this year.
For a Tapit?? No
Flashback all the way, i smell roses in May :)
Second that Animalk1060
last yr DERBY connection................♥♥ it
Ridiculously easy points for whoever wins.

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