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He's Had Enough trying to follow in I'll Have Another's Lewis hoofprints
Last year's Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis served as a steppingstone to stardom, as I'll Have Another parlayed his 2 3/4-length win in the race to triumphs in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Saturday's 1 1/16-mile Lewis attracted a field of four hoping for the same outcome, including He's Had Enough, who like I'll Have Another is owned by Reddam Racing, trained by Doug O'Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez.
Second, beaten a head by juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on November 3, He's Had Enough has been idle since running a well-beaten fifth in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity on December 15.
A first-out maiden winner going 6 1/2 furlongs on August 12 at Del Mar, the Tapit colt has broken slowly in three out of his five starts and has been devoid of early speed in all of his races. The Kentucky-bred would benefit from a lively pace in the Lewis, but that could be problematic, given the short field at Santa Anita.
Due primarily to his second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup, He's Had Enough sports the largest bankroll among those entered in the Lewis, having banked $448,000 from five career races thus far.
Bob Baffert will likely saddle the Lewis favorite, either Den's Legacy, who comes off a good second when beaten just 1 1/2 lengths in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes going a mile on January 5, or flashy first-out maiden winner Flashback.
Prior to his Sham effort, Den's Legacy ran third from far off the pace in the CashCall Futurity and was a winner of the Grade 3 Generous going one mile on Hollywood Park's turf in late November.
The Florida-bred colt by Medaglia d'Oro has shown an ample amount of versatility and has tactical speed, if needed. With nine starts to his credit, the bay colt also has more races under his belt than the rest of the Lewis field combined.
Baffert will also send out Flashback, who easily conquered his seven-furlong debut on December 8 by 3 1/2 lengths. The gray son of Tapit has a string of impressive works since his maiden win, including a bullet five-furlong drill of :59 2/5 on January 28, which was the best of 20 at the distance on that day. Julien Leparoux will again ride Flashback, who may go to the early lead in the Lewis.
The short Lewis field is completed by Little Jerry, a Candy Ride maiden winner trained by Richard Baltas. The bay colt was never a factor after breaking slowly in his next assignment, the CashCall Futurity, and will be ridden in the Lewis by Tyler Baze, who was up for the maiden score.