ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — I’ll Have Another, the longest shot in the field at 43-1, won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds by 2 3/4 lengths at Santa Anita.
Liaison, the 3-2 favorite trained by Bob Baffert, wound up last in the eight-horse field after he clipped heels with Groovin’ Solo and his rider Rafael Bejarano fell off. Baffert’s other entry, 7-2 shot Sky Kingdom, finished sixth.
I’ll Have Another ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.84 under Mario Gutierrez and paid $88.60, $35.80 and $12. Empire Way, a son of Empire Maker, returned $11.80 and $6.20. After a stewards’ inquiry, Groovin’ Solo was disqualified from third for getting in the way of Liaison and Rousing Sermon was moved up to third. He paid $3.40 to show. Bejarano wasn’t hurt.
I’ll Have Another came in off a five-month layoff for trainer Doug O’Neill and was running two turns for the first time.