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ARCADIA, CA – Quick from the blocks and completely dominant thereafter, the Alfred Pais homebred Brickyard Ride made every pole a winning one as he registered an impressive 3 1/4-length win in Saturday’s $150,000 Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. Trained by Craig Lewis and ridden by Alexis Centeno, the 4-year-old chestnut colt by red hot California-based stallion Clubhouse Ride got 6 furlongs in a rapid 1:09.42.
Named in honor of the longtime owner/breeder Donald Valpredo, the Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint is part of the CTBA’s lucrative Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired horses.
With a two length advantage at the quarter pole over stablemate Club Aspen, Brickyard Ride widened late and easily prevailed late over post time favorite Tigre Di Slugo.
“I felt pretty good about it because I thought we had them double teamed, we knew we were going to try to speed away with Brickyard because he’s got wicked speed,” said Lewis, who also trained his sire, Clubhouse Ride. “We’ve learned now that he just watches (when running head and head), so we don’t try to take him back, we just let him roll.”
Well beaten in an open classified allowance going five furlongs at Los Alamitos Dec. 12, Brickyard Ride, in his first stakes assignment, was off at 9-2 in a field of 11 older horses and paid $11.80, $6.60 and $5.00.
“I believed in my horse and just went to the lead and (didn’t) look back, just go,” said Centeno, an apprentice who recorded his first-ever stakes victory and has now won three out of his four engagements with Brickyard Ride. “I love this horse.”
Out of the Southern Image mare Brickyard Helen, Brickyard Ride improved his overall mark to 12-6-0-2. With the winner’s share of $90,000, he boosted his earnings to $260,277.
Tigre Di Slugo, who had to wait for racing room around the turn, finished well at the rail to be second by a nose over highly accomplished Fashionably Fast. Off at 2-1 with Joel Rosario, Tigre Di Slugo paid $3.80 and $3.20.
Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Fashionably Fast finished a neck in front of Loud Mouth and paid $3.40 to show while off at 3-1.
Fractions on the race were 21.63, 44.35 and 56.50.
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