Racing News

American Lion stretches out in Lewis

  • American Lion made his stakes debut a winning one in the Hollywood Prevue -- photo by Benoit Photos

AMERICAN LION (Tiznow) will make his two-turn debut Saturday while taking on four rivals in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis S. (G2) at Santa Anita. The 1 1/16-mile event, rescheduled from last Saturday's card that was lost when the Pro-Ride failed to drain properly after heavy rain, is a major prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 3.

American Lion ran second in his debut for trainer Richard Budge before being transferred to Eoin Harty for his past two races under Julien Leparoux, who stays aboard in the Lewis. The bay colt followed a 6 3/4-length maiden win with a half-length victory in the Hollywood Prevue S. (G3) last time out, both going seven furlongs.

Among those American Lion will face in the Lewis is CARACORTADO (Cat Dreams), who faces his stiffest test yet while putting his unbeaten record on the line.

"He has been a surprise," trainer Mike Machowsky admitted of the chestnut, who began his career winning a $40,000 maiden claiming race going a half-mile at Fairplex Park.

Since that dirt race, Caracortado has raced exclusively on synthetics, taking a pair of allowances on the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park and posting a 1 3/4-length score in in the California Breeders' Champion S. while stretching out to 8 1/2 furlongs for the first time over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride. Paul Atkinson has been aboard for each start and retains the mount here.

"When you start off running a horse a half-mile, you're not sure what to expect down the line," Machowsky continued. "But every time I've asked the horse to do something, he's done it."

What Caracortado will have to do Saturday is hold off the likes of TIZ CHROME (Tiznow) and DAVE IN DIXIE (Dixie Union). The former exits a four-length score in the December 19 Stuka S., his first start for Bob Baffert, and the unbeaten colt will retain the services of Garrett Gomez in his graded debut. Joel Rosario shows up aboard close Norfolk S. (G1) sixth Dave in Dixie.

Golden Gate invader TANGO TANGO (Orientate) rounds out the Lewis field.

Los Alamitos Futurity Added to 2014-15 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Series

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races – 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races – will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

Updates Powered by

Visit brisnet.com for expert handicapping, picks and analysis Derby Week and all year long

Derby Stories

Lindsay & Els Chicago, IL

First time at the Oaks so that's why we have these crazy hats on, shaped like cheese hats and painted pink in honor of Bright Pink, which is a great charity.
Paula's picking California Chrome

Kentucky Derby 140 presented by Yum! - The Race

Kentucky Derby 140 - Road to the Derby

Kentucky Derby 140 Intro

Around the Downs - The Stables

The Race

54 Photos

GET TO KNOW THE KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME (PRE-RACE BIO)

California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.