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Bet Horse Racing - Davis, Lewis and the Withers

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 2/4/2013 5:39:00 PM

What can all online sports betting site players glean from this past weekend stakes, the Sam Davis, Robert Lewis and Withers Stakes?

The say speed kills and that was sure the case in the Withers. The pacesetter Siete de Oros gave his backers a nice thrill at 9-1 but he gave up the ghost at the top of the lane. Escapefromreality, who broke well, fell back, then came on again in a weird trip to just miss pulling off the 16-1 shocker.

When the smoke cleared and the leaders were licking their wounds the faithful that swallowed the odds-on chalk Revolutionary now had a rebel with a cause on their hands.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, who else, this son of War Pass had some eventful sportsbook trips early in his career but he took to the inner strip at Aqueduct like the proverbial duck to water graduating for fun, then getting up by a neck.

He raced greenly early on, looked to be climbing at one point, was shuffled, forced to bide his time behind foes, then kicked in with some nice late foot in the final 70 yards.
Yet another well-bred runner from this barn, his dam was a multiple Grade 1 winner routing, took a third of her 18 starts and banked over $550,000.

With A.P. Indy blood on the bottom side, he should be able to get the classic distances and there are several successful routers in the family.

The rich just got richer.

At Tampa Bay in the Sam Davis the favorite was not quite as lucky. My Name is Michael was making his conventional dirt debut for Bill Mott after running 2nd in a $150,000 Woodbine stakes but he was left with too much work to do late as he tried to rally from dead last but settled for third.

It was an all Sky thing in the exacta. Place horse and second choice Dynamic Sky raced 4 wide but could not collar the front-running Falling Sky, who controlled the pace and the outcome despite getting out a bit late.

The son of Lion Heart was coming out of a live race as he went long for the first time and proved he could route. His siblings have been fairly successful but also were sprint only. The bright spot in this guy’s pedigree is that his dam was by Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero.

Bob Baffert was playing it pretty close to the vest before the Robert Lewis noting that Flashback didn’t have to win and was making his only second start but reality was quite another thing.

The Lewis was pretty much devoid of speed so Flashback filled the bill. He was coaxed on a moderate :48.69, 1:12.17 pace, opened up 4 and a half lengths turning for home and extended the margin to 6 and a quarter when all was said and done under a vigorous hand ride. The winning by was 92.

As for his future, the ultimate Western race for him will be the Santa Anita Derby.

Of these three horse betting races, the runner with the biggest upside at this point seems to be the Baffert student.


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