Lewisfield returns with a bang, takes Not for Love

by | Mar 16, 2019 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing


Lewisfield. Photo by Laurie Asseo.


Making his first start of 2019 — and coming off a year-end in which he went slightly off form — five-year-old Lewisfield made short work of a tough group of Maryland-bred rivals in the six-furlong, $75,000 Not for Love Stakes Saturday at Laurel Park. Reunited with jockey Arnaldo Bocachica, Lewisfield zipped to the early lead and drew away to a 3 1/4-length victory in 1:08.68 for six furlongs over a fast main track.

Lewisfield had not raced since a third place finish — at 4-5 odds — in December’s Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial Stakes also at Laurel. But trainer Jeff Runco had the son of Great Notion primed for this contest. He led by a length after a quarter-mile, two lengths after a half, and pulled away to the final margin of victory. Late-running Rockinn on Bye — who rarely wins but rarely finishes off the board (career record of 66:7-24-13) was along for the place, while Laki, the 9-10 favorite, finished third.

Lewisfield paid $6.60 to win and topped a one-dollar exacta worth $11.20.


Lewisfield, a Maryland-bred, is a five-year-old gelding by Great Notion out of the Crowd Pleaser mare Smart Crowd. He now has a career ledger of seven wins from 16 starts with earnings of $371,297.


Lewisfield is owned by his breeder, Linda L. Zang. He is trained for Zang at Charles Town by Jeff Runco.


“We’re going to see what works for him timing-wise,” said trainer Jeff Runco, regarding Lewisfield’s next stop, though he allowed the first MATCH Series stop, the six-furlong Frank Whiteley, Jr. Stakes at Laurel, was one logical spot.

Said owner-breeder Linda Zang: “It’s a better feeling for me because of my husband, who was Jim Lewis. He was a real supporter of Maryland racing… and this was his last horses that he had: his mare, breeding to Great Notion, for him that was the horse that would be a superstar, and here he is.”