02/03/2015 2:43PM

Dortmund drills easy half-mile for Robert B. Lewis Stakes

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Benoit & Associates
Dortmund remained unbeaten in three starts in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity in December. He kicks off his 3-year-old season in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Saturday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Dortmund, the unbeaten winner of the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity in December, worked a half-mile in 47.60 seconds Tuesday. Dortmund will be favored in his 3-year-old debut, the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday.

Trainer Bob Baffert said he timed Dortmund in 47.80 seconds. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Dortmund has made three starts.

“He went really well,” Baffert said. “He was just cruising around there. He looked good. He’s ready.”

The Lewis is expected to have a field of five or six. The probable starters include Firing Line, the runner-up in the Los Alamitos Futurity; Rock Shandy and Hero Ten All, who were second and sixth in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes here Jan. 10; Tizcano, fifth in the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 3; and possibly the maiden-race winner Punctuate.