MISTER LEWIE MEMORIAL CHOCK FULL OF MULTIPLE STAKES WINNERS, SOUTHERN ELECTRIC THE MORNING-LINE FAVORITE
Nine of the toughest Paints and Appaloosas line up Friday night to determine which star of that genre is the true superstar as Remington Park runs the 16th edition of the Grade 1, $30,000 Mister Lewie Memorial Stakes.
The nine horses have combined for 31 wins at Remington Park, so this should be a firecracker of a race. An indication of that is the favorite, Southern Electric, is a lukewarm 5-2 in the morning line and in the last year has finished behind a competitor in this field at higher odds three times. In the 2020 Mister Lewie, Memories of Lil Hero won, but Live Moonshine ran second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Southern Electric. Live Moonshine has been installed at 6-1 in this year’s race due to a lackluster performance in the $20,000 Paul Harber Stakes, won by Southern Electric on April 9 this year. Live Moonshine was the 2-1 favorite in that race, so it will be interesting to watch how the betting public backs those two.
Southern Electric’s record at Remington Park is 11 starts, six wins, one second and two thirds for $140,107 earned here. The 4-year-old gelding has won 12-of-20 overall for $246,821 in his bankroll. He is second in lifetime earnings in this race, only behind Bully Pulpit’s $261,158. Bully Pulpit is 8-1 in the morning line. That’s how tough this race is. Bully Pulpit has raced 29 times with 13 wins, eight seconds and two thirds. Live Moonshine is 12-for-22 lifetime with $192,389 in his wallet.
We haven’t even talked about the second favorite in the morning line, Mammy Jammer (9-2 odds). She is two-for-five at Remington Park with $33,975 in earnings here, coming off a victory in the Grade 1, $35,550 American Paint Stakes. Of the nine starters that have been drawn for the Mister Lewie, seven are stakes winners. Live Moonshine and Southern Electric are the most prolific winners with five stakes victories each since 2019. Bully Pulpit and Mammy Jammer have three each in that same time frame.
Trainer Matt Whitekiller is tied with Eddie Lee Willis and Brandon Parum with the most wins in the Mister Lewie, a race named for the man so many still consider the greatest Paint and Appaloosa trainer of all time, Lewis Wartchow. Whitekiller, Eddie Lee Willis and Parum all have two wins apiece in the race. It would not be surprising to see Whitekiller in the winner’s circle again as he conditions three of the top favorites for this race – Southern Electric, Live Moonshine and Bully Pulpit, all multiple stakes winners.
Here’s a look at the field from the rail out, including jockey, trainer and odds:
Live Moonshine (Paint), Cody Smith, Matt Whitekiller, 6-1
Jess Cruzin (Appaloosa), Agustin Silva, Jorge Morales-Flores, 15-1
Bully Pulpit (Paint), Javier Hernandez-Gallardo, Matt Whitekiller, 8-1
Queen for Cash (Appaloosa), Daniel Torres, Carlos Ruiz, 8-1
Mammy Jammer (Paint), Cody Wainscott, Ray Enlow, 9-2
MH Famous Moonshine, Jimmy Brooks, Eddie Willis, 10-1
Southern Electric, Andrew Samaniego, Matt Whitekiller, 5-2
Snow Advisory, Mario Delgado, Anselmo Cruz, 10-1
Break Away James, Benito Baca, Stacy Charette-Hill, 6-1
Live racing continues this week with a Friday-Sunday schedule, May 14-16. The first race is at 6pm nightly, except for Saturday, May 15 when Remington Park features a Noon start time, along with the simulcast of the Preakness Stakes. All times are Central.
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