Apprentice jockey Alexis Centeno commemorates his very first graded stakes triumph aboard Brickyard Flight in the San Carlos Stakes



Fresh off a substantial win versus California-breds, Alfred Pais’s homebred Brickyard Flight finished open business in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., as he made every pole a winning one in covering 7 furlongs in 1:21.51. Ridden by apprentice Alexis Centeno and trained by Craig Lewis, Brickyard Flight, a 4-year-old colt by leading California-based stallion Clubhouse Flight, was never ever threatened as he won by 4 lengths.

Breaking like a shot from post position 6 in a field of 9, Brickyard Flight outfooted 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court while under restraint in the early running and was simply a chestnut blur around the far turn. With simply 3 taps of the adhere to keep him focused, Brickyard Flight travelled to the wire, where he got a congratulatory pat on the best shoulder from Centeno, who commemorated his first-ever graded stakes triumph.

” Well, speed eliminates and he eliminated today, with his speed,” stated Lewis, who likewise trained Clubhouse Flight. “He’s blessed with a great deal of natural speed certainly, he’s discovering how to unwind. He’s developing, he’s a huge effective horse. He grabbed (more) ground like a horse that might run permanently. He’s beginning to appear like he might be the products.”

A 3 1/4 length winner of the six-furlong Don Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint on Jan. 16, Brickyard Flight was off at 5-1, a significant overlay off of his early morning line of 3-1, and paid $12.00, $5.40 and $4.20.

” This is of huge significance to me,” stated Centeno, a 27-year-old Puerto Rican native. “Craig Lewis provided me the chance to work this horse and because I have actually been on him, he’s run well for me and he’s comfy with me.”

Out of the Southern Image mare Brickyard Helen, Brickyard Flight gathered his very first graded stakes win and his seventh total triumph from 13 starts. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his revenues to $380,277.

Fellow Cal-bred Tigre Di Slugo, who was 2nd to the winner in the Cal Cup Sprint, rallied well for 2nd today, ending up a nose much better than Exaulted. The 5-2 preferred with Joel Rosario, Tigre Di Slugo paid $3.80 and $2.80.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Exaulted was off at 6-1 and paid $3.40 to reveal.

Portions on the race were 21.63, 43.93 and 1:08.49.

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