In a dominating display of speed, Linda Zang’s homebred Lewisfield overwhelmed six rivals in the $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint on Saturday, Oct. 20, prevailing over runner-up Greatbullsoffire by eight and three-quarter lengths in the six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up.
Ridden for the first time by Jevian Toledo, the 1-5 favorite broke alertly to closely track pacesetter Onemoregreattime through an opening quarter of :21.70. He wrested the lead away to get the half in :44.27, hit the top of the stretch five lengths in front and continued to draw away. The 126-pound highweight – conceding between eight and 16 pounds to his rivals – he stopped the clock in 1:09.08 while geared down.
Lewisfield was one of three winners on the card for leading Maryland sire Great Notion, who stands at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City. The others were Distaff winner Crabcakes and Turf winner Talk Show Man.
“He definitely brought his ‘A’ game today. He’d been training great,” trainer Jeff Runco said. “We were just hoping for a great break and clean trip, which he got. He ran super today.”
Lewisfield recorded his sixth win in 13 career starts and fifth victory in eight starts at Laurel. Earlier in the year the 4-year-old gelding recorded his first stakes win in the Not For Love Stakes at Laurel Park. He is four-times stakes-placed, including a third behind Switzerland in the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint at Pimlico on Preakness Day.
Out of Smart Crowd (by Crowd Pleaser), Lewisfield is from a family established by Zang’s late husband Jim Lewis in the 1990s, descending from the Deputed Testamony mare Ten’s Testamony (Lewisfield’s second dam). He is one of four winners from six foals for Smart Crowd, a winning half-sister to $747,812-earner and multiple graded stakes winner Duckhorn, multiple stakes winner and $355,776-earner Bella Medaglia, and multiple stakes-placed $422,304-earner Harbor Kid. Smart Crowd is also the dam of Lewisfield’s full sister Great Crowd, an earner of $125,665. The mare has not had a foal since Lewisfield, but was bred to Great Notion this year.
Lewisfield now has earnings of $297,237. Read more