INGLEWOOD, Calif. (February 1, 2012)—Liaison and Rousing Sermon, who finished 1-2 in both the Real Quiet Stakes and $750,000 CashCall Futurity during the 2011 Autumn meet at Hollywood Park, will square off again Saturday in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita.
A Grade II for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the Lewis is one of three graded stakes on the 10 race program. Post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Track gates open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts at Hollywood Park.
Owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Liaison will be making his 2012 debut in the Lewis after wrapping his 2-year-old season with a win in the Grade I Futurity.
A son of Indian Charlie and the Victory Gallop mare Galloping Gal, Liaison has won three in a row since finishing third in his debut last Sept. 3 at Del Mar. He’s earned $469,560.
A California bred son of Lucky Pulpit and the Awesome Again mare Rousing Again owned by breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Rousing Sermon has won twice in six outings and banked $274,000. He’s 1-for-1 at Santa Anita, having taken the California Cup Juvenile last Oct. 29.
From inside out, the field for the Robert B. Lewis: Isn’t He Clever, Corey Nakatani rides, 118; Liaison, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Groovin’ Solo, Victor Espinoza, 118; I’ll Have Another, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Sky Kingdom, Martin Garcia, 118; Rousing Sermon, Joe Talamo, 118; Empire Way, Joel Rosario, 118 and Chips All In, Alonso Quinonez, 118.
The other graded stakes on the card are the $200,000 Strub, a Grade II for 4-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles and the $150,000 Arcadia, a Grade II for older horses at one mile on turf.
Ultimate Eagle, the front running winner of the 2011 Hollywood Derby, will make his first start on conventional dirt for owner B.J. Wright and trainer Mike Pender in the Strub.The Arcadia is the third race on the card while the Lewis is the sixth and the Strub the eighth.
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