Dortmund and Firing Line hooked up in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) in late December, with the former getting the win in a three-horse photo on the wire in track record-setting time.
On Saturday in Santa Anita's $150,000 Robert B. Lewis S. (G3), Dortmund and Firing Line faced off yet again with very similar results.
"We thought it was a two-horse race going in and that's what happened," said Dortmund's owner, Kaleem Shah.
Dortmund battled throughout the 1 1/16-mile contest, first with Tizcano and then Firing Line once his early rival had faded. It was nip/tuck between the two favorites heading into the turn and moving forward into the lane, but Firing Line began inching away in midstretch.
Suddenly Dortmund came back on the inside and just got up to get his head down on the wire to deny Firing Line for a second straight time. The chestnut stopped the clock in 1:42 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.
"He was pretty sharp today. In the paddock, he was pretty sharp and I knew he was going to want to go," trainer Bob Baffert said of Dortmund. "It was exciting, because I thought we were beat, and when he came back like it made me really appreciate it a lot more.
"It was a great horse race and I'm just fortunate I was on the winning end."
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