Lewis glad to have 3rd of winner

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In Sunday's editions, one of the owners of Preakness winner Timber Country was misidentified in a photo. The owner pictured was W. T. Young.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Bob Lewis has been to Baltimore several times, visiting friends and taking in the sights. But this was his first time running horses here.

It probably won't be his last.

Lewis is one of the three owners of Timber Country, and is also the sole owner of Serena's Song, the filly who was a disappointing favorite in the Kentucky Derby but won Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

"I think this could well be our home. We may buy a second house here," Lewis said jokingly yesterday, after Timber Country took the Preakness with a dramatic stretch run.

"We've never been here with horses," said Lewis, 70, who owns two Southern California beer distributorships.

The Kentucky-bred Timber Country is owned equally by Lewis )) and two partners: W. T. Young's Overbrook Farm and Graham Beck's Gainesway Farm.

"We've been privileged to ride along on the coattails of Bill Young," Lewis said.

Lewis and his wife, Beverly, bought their first horse in 1990.

By agreement among the partnership, the horse's jockey wears the brown and white silks of the Lexington, Ky.-based Gainesway when running in the East, meaning those colors were painted on the weather vane atop the Pimlico cupola, a Preakness tradition for winners dating to 1909.

The horse wore Overbrook Farm's colors in the Derby and other races in the country's midsection and Lewis' when running in the West, in races such as the Santa Anita Derby, in which it finished fourth.

Overbrook was part-owner, along with D. Reynolds, of last year's Preakness winner, Tabasco Cat. By prior agreement, the jockey wore the colors of Reynolds' stables last year.

But Young demonstrated no disappointment yesterday in missing out on the small bit of notoriety. Being part-owner of back-to-back Preakness winners was enough reward, he said.

"We are just so thrilled to be a part of this," said Young, a 77-year-old retired transportation and food services company executive.

He praised both Pat Day and trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

"I think Wayne will sleep better tonight than he has in two or three months. Wayne has been higher on this horse than any he's trained for me," Young said.

"It's just one thrill after another. They simply get better," he said.

The Lexington-based Overbrook also produced 1990 sixth-place Preakness finisher Land Run, 1991 second-place finisher Corporate Report, and Union City, which broke down in the 1993 Preakness and was euthanized.

Overbrook's top stallion, Storm Cat, ranked second on the list of the nation's top stallions last year. The farm was last year's Eclipse Award breeder of the year.

He predicted that the Preakness win would bode well for Timber Country's value as a stallion.

"He's so superbly bred. We think he'll make a great stallion. This is a long-term gain," Young said.

Gainesway's owner, Graham J. Beck, lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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