ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Mucho Gusto won the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 4¾ lengths at Santa Anita, earning 10 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Mucho Gusto ran 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy track in 1:41.81 on Saturday. The 3-year-old chestnut colt paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite for trainer Bob Baffert.
Gunmetal Gray returned $2.40 and $2.10, while Easy Shot was another half-length back in third and paid $2.60 to show.
Magnificent McCool was fourth. Kid Cantina was pulled up at the top of the backstretch. Nolo Contesto was scratched, reducing the field to five.
Baffert earned his seventh win in the Lewis, named for his late client with whom he won the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness with Silver Charm.
Mucho Gusto has three wins in four career starts. He’s a son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man.
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