09/14/2009 11:00PM

Gallant Gent good enough to be a single


POMONA, Calif. - Trainer Craig Lewis will be a busy man Wednesday at Fairplex Park, where his six entrants include a potential single in a pick six with a carryover of $44,782.

Gallant Gent, runner-up last month in a good allowance at Del Mar, is favored to win the $50,000 C.B. Afflerbaugh, a seven-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds that is race 10 on an 11-race card. So is Gallant Gent a single?


"He hasn't done anything to disappoint me so far," Lewis said. "We think he's a good horse. We'll find out."

The evidence is in already. Lewis claimed Gallant Gent for $40,000 from a at Hollywood Park in which he overcame significant trouble to win by a neck.

He subsequently won a maiden-40 starter at Del Mar before finishing second by a head in a first-level allowance. Gallant Gent got beat by Court Mischief, who returned Saturday to finish second in a stakes at Golden Gate. Did the runner-up finish by Court Mischief flatter Gallant Gent?

"Unequivocally," Lewis said. "It was [Court Mischief's] first race around two turns, he went fairly quick, and got beat by an undefeated horse," referring to Our Minesweeper.

Court Mischief earned an 80 Beyer, which validates the 80 earned by Gallant Gent.

Martin Pedroza rides Gallant Gent in the Afflerbaugh, formerly a stakes for older horses at 1 1/16 miles. The conditions of the Afflerbaugh have changed, along with the Fairplex 2-year-old program, now geared exclusively to sprints.

Gallant Gent worked a sharp five furlongs Sept. 10 at Fairplex and is the 8-5 favorite on the track's preliminary line. His main rival could be Grace Upon Grace, runner-up in the Graduation Stakes July 29 at Del Mar before adding front wraps and finishing fifth on Sept. 7. David Flores rides Grace Upon Grace.

Other Afflerbaugh contenders include Ishmael, claimed for $62,500 off a maiden win by trainer John Sadler, and Color of Courage, two lengths behind Gallant Gent last out. The longshots are Towser, Swiss Exploit, and Pico Pico.

Lewis entered the 2009 Los Angeles County Fair meet as the seventh all-time leading Fairplex trainer with 75 wins. His other entrants Wednesday include Warren's Cowgirl, an also-eligible in race 2; Dine at Nine, even money in race 3; longshots Deluxe Cat in race 5 and Easy Moment in race 8; and 7-2 second choice Balfour Park in race 9.