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Feb 02, 2012

Eight set to go in Robert B. Lewis Stakes


Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Eight three-year-olds get back into action Saturday afternoon in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The 1 1/16-mile race is an important prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 7.

Breaking from the inside post is Isn't He Clever, winner of the Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park on December 30. Trained by Henry Dominguez, the gelding will be ridden by Corey Nakatani in his 2012 debut.

Isn't He Clever, owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison, won the Futurity by more then 11-lengths as the even-money favorite. Previously, he was second in the Clever Trevor Stakes at Remington Park last November. The son of Smarty Jones has earned $113,960 with three wins in four starts.

At the other end of the field will be Chips All In and jockey Alonso Quinonez. Trained by Jeff Mullins, the colt is owned by the partnership of Gene Everest, John O'Brien and Daniel Valdez.

Chips All In is coming into his three-year-old debut off a victory at 11-1 in the Eddie Logan Stakes on the grass. The Lewis will only be his second start on real dirt with three earlier races on synthetic surfaces.

At Golden Gate the colt was second in the Golden Nugget Stakes for his lone loss in five starts. He won the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park in Colorado last August. Chips All In has banked $149,800.

Here is the complete field for the Robert B. Lewis in post position order: Isn't He Clever, Corey Nakatani; Liaison, Rafael Bejarano; Groovin' Solo, Victor Espinoza; I'll Have Another, Mario Gutierrez; Sky Kingdom, Martin Garcia; Rousing Sermon, Joe Talamo; Empire Way, Joel Rosario and Chips All In, Alonso Quinonez.

The Robert B.Lewis Stakes has a scheduled post-time of 6:05 p.m. (et).

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