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Liaison, Rousing Sermon meet again

Separated by less than a length in two stakes at Hollywood Park last fall, Liaison and Rousing Sermon will renew acquaintance in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita, a 1 1/16-mile heat which marks the season debut for both classic contenders.

Liaison, trained by Bob Baffert, has gotten the better of the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Rousing Sermon thus far. Liaison was a half-length to the good of his rival in the Real Quiet on November 12, but the margin was only a neck when they last met in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity on December 17.

Both colts have winning form over the Santa Anita strip. Liaison broke his maiden going seven furlongs in his race prior to the Real Quiet, while Rousing Sermon was a 2 1/4-length winner of the California Cup Juvenile in late October.

Three CashCall Futurity also-rans have joined the Lewis lineup. Sky Kingdom, fourth in the Futurity, came back to dominate allowance foes by 4 1/2 lengths for Baffert last month, while fifth-placer Empire Way has not raced since the Hollywood feature. Groovin' Solo, who was pulled up in the Futurity after his rein broke, won a one-mile maiden event on December 30 and adds blinkers for the Lewis. 

Isn't He Clever, whose three career stakes wins have occurred at Zia Park and Sunland Park, invades from New Mexico for trainer Henry Dominguez. A daylight winner of the Riley Allison Futurity last time, the gelding was a narrowly beaten second in the Clever Trevor at Remington Park in his only defeat.

Last-out Eddie Logan winner Chips All In, a son of Group 1 Epsom Derby winner North Light, captured the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park in his only previous start on dirt. The Lewis field is completed by I'll Have Another, the Grade 2 Best Pal runner-up who's been sidelined since a wide-trip sixth in the Grade 1 Hopeful on Labor Day.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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

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Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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