Mor Spirit continued his march towards the Triple Crown by emerging victorious in Robert B. Lewis Stakes results over this past weekend. Saddled by Gary Stevens and trained by the legendary Bob Baffert, Mor Spirit’s won the 1 1/16th mile haul by 1 1/2 lenghts, and cashed in on the $150,000 purse. It was the type of performance that Baffert was hoping for.
“After Pharoah went, you sort of need something like this,” Baffert remarked during the win. “It’s been like that with every good horse I’ve retired, you’re wanting some more.”
Stevens echoed the sentiments about Mor Spirit’s remarkable performance, which will keep him in the thick of things in the hunt fo the Kentucky Derby. “I had a big smile on my face going down the backside and I’m sure Bob did too,” Stevens said. “He’s pretty special. As he faces better horses, he’ll only get better.” Mor Spirit collected another 10 points towards his total for Kentucky Derby entry, brining him to 24 points.
This was Baffert’s sixth time atop the Robert B. Lewis Stakes podium, and his second in a row after winning last season with the highly touted Dortmund.
With the win, Mor Spirit paid out $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10 with a final time of 1:43.21.
Uncle Lino crossed the line second as a 7/1 outside shot paying out $5.20 and $2.80 for his efforts and his handlers certainly have to be excited with the way he handled himself across from Mor Spirit. This was Uncle Lino’s first stakes race appearance after going 1-1-1 in allowances and maiden runs prior to this.
I Will Score showed as the second favourite with 5/2 odds and rewarded his backers $2.60. Dressed in Hermes ended in fourth as Let’s Meet In Rio and Path of David rounded out the Robert B. Lewis Stakes results.
Mor Spirit’s campaign as a Kentucky Derby hopeful continues to build steam even with Nyquist set to make his 2016 debut later this month. Keep your attention squarely focused on this horse as you make your Kentucky Derby Futures Wagers in the second pool, which opens this weekend. There is no set plan for Mor Spirit’s next race. Right now, his handlers are still enjoying the Robert B. Lewis Stakes results.