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Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm •  Published: March 8, 2013

"I'm a lot more high-strung and nervous than Rashard watching the races," Ballis said. "Our friendship is very close. I gave a speech at his wedding. I've grown up around racing and Angel Cordero is our main adviser. We have a great team around us."

With the Heat, Lewis is around some of basketball's biggest names: Pat Riley, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, for example.

The same applies in racing, where some Hall of Famers from that sport — such as trainer Bill Mott, jockey John Velazquez and an adviser such as Cordero, one of the best jockeys ever — are the ones Lewis relies upon.

"We've got a good team around us," said Lewis, who made the half-hour drive south to the arena where the Heat play after the race. "We're not doing it blind. We've got a lot of help from a lot of people who have been in the game for a long time."

White Rose's win could be the start of a big month for Lewis when it comes to racing. Another of his horses, Cigar Street, is expected to be in the Grade 3, $100,000 Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream on March 30 — also Florida Derby day.

"It's a lot of work," Lewis said. "And a lot of fun."