The Robert B. Lewis(G3) offers qualifying points of 10-4-2-1 to Kentucky Derby for the top four finishers.
|1||Encoder||Mike E. Smith||John W. Sadler||8/1|
|2||Thousand Words||Flavien Prat||Bob Baffert||4/5|
|3||Tizamagician||Victor Espinoza||Richard E. Mandella||3/1|
|4||Royal Act||Abel Cedillo||Peter Eurton||15/1|
|5||High Velocity||Joel Rosario||Bob Baffert||3/1|
|6||Zimba Warrior||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||Keith Desormeaux||15/1|
Encoder showed improved tactical speed in his turf victory in the Eddie Logan Stakes. This is his first start on dirt.
Thousand Words is the M/L and has flashy 2-for-2 record. He won the Los Al Futurity. He should be forwardly placed and be near the pace setter. He is the horse to outrun in this filed.
Tizamagician broke his maiden in his sixth start. He should be stalking the leader and be able to find a spot on the board.
Royal Act won his debut going one-mile turf debut at Del Mar in 2019. He finished fifth in his second outing the Eddie Logan. He is improving but not enough to challenge to finish in the top three.
High Velocity has enough speed to be in front and try to steal the race. He broke his maiden at Santa Anita. He won the Bob Hope (G3) around one turn at Del Mar. He will be on the board.
Zimba Warrior broke his maiden in a dirt sprint in Northern California and ran third in his last three stakes starts. He should finish on the board.
J’s Top Three Picks:
- Thousand Words
- High Velocity
- Zimba Warrior