Lombo Scores In Lewis, Earns First Derby Points
By Margaret Ransom
Michael V. Lombardi’s Lombo set sail for the lead right from the break and never looked back en route to a two-length score in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. In doing so, the Mike Pender-trained son of Graydar earned 10 points toward making the Kentucky Derby (GI) and punched a ticket to his next Derby prep in either the March 10 San Felipe Stakes (GII) and/or the April 7 Santa Anita Derby (GI).
“Santa Anita’s home,” Pender said, “we’re going to do what’s in this horse’s best interest, run him out of his stall for Mr. Stronach and the Santa Anita Fans is something I always plan on first and foremost.”
Under jockey Flavien Prat, Lombo led the way closest to the rail through splits of… (more)