02/07/2015 5:58PM

Dortmund outduels Firing Line in Robert Lewis

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Dortmund remained unbeaten after four starts with a hard-fought win in Saturday’s $150,000 Robert Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.

Dormund ($3.20) led on the backstretch, lost the lead to 9-5 Firing Line in early stretch, and fought back on the inside to win by a head. Dortmund ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.20.

Firing Line finished 21 1/2 lengths clear of Rock Shandy in third, who was followed by Hero Ten All and Tizcano.

Dortmund, by Big Brown, races for Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert. The Grade 3 Lewis Stakes was Dortmund’s second stakes win. He finished a head in front of Firing Line in winning the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20.

Tizcano set an early pace of 23.18 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46.80 seconds for a half-mile, closely followed by Dortmund. Firing Line was third on the backstretch, about two lengths off the lead.

Dortmund took the lead after a half-mile, but was quickly challenged by Firing Line and jockey Gary Stevens at the end of the backstretch. On the turn, Firing Line was alongside Dortmund, and he took the lead in the stretch. Dortmund responded to vigorous urging by jockey Martin Garcia, and came back for the victory.

 

Ed Castrege More than 1 year ago
Simply the best 3yo stakes race since Affirmed beat Alydar in the '78 Belmont. Time will tell if they are that kind of quality. A race like this may knock them both out for a while!
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
Don't do it Baffert, keep running dortmund, don't rest him, it never works…. Cany boy rested until the SA derby was a distant third, beat nobody, had no chance in the ky derby…. take a lesson from Ca Chrome, when he rests, he loses, when he runs once a month, he wins, its that simple
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
I assume the plan would be to run in the San Felipe next in March. If Dortmund stays heathy Baffert knows you have to run two more times before the Ky Derby to be fit enough. So, after the San Felipe Baffert can choose whether to stay for the SA Derby or go to the Florida Derby in April. Staying healthy is key for sure.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Fun race. Dortmund showed his desire to win. After watching the race at Los Al and now this race, it kind of looks like Firing Line doesn't want to be in front. For sure Stevens asked him too early in this race, which I thought while watching it live. However, Dortmund is the real deal. I hope they both stay healthy. Keep up the rivalry. Great fun and great racing.
Scott More than 1 year ago
These are the types of wins that really catch my eye (at least early in the Season). Dortmund did something that most horses (no matter how old and experienced they are) don't do and that's reclaim the lead after so clearly being passed in the stretch. It reminded me of Curlin's Preakness win over Street Sense back in 2007 (note: I'm not saying that either of these two are at that level, but the digging back in and retaking the lead was similar). While Firing Line might prove to be a horse who simply doesn't have the ability to go longer, I'm still impressed by the fact that Dormund dug in and overhauled him and from the inside riding the rail no less. I'm impressed and looking forward to his next outing!
Jon More than 1 year ago
Absolutely thriller. Too bad one horse had to lose. Probably shows that Dormund is still learning.