POMONA, CA, SEPT. 19, 2010-Favored Clubhouse Ride stamped himself as a 2-year-old to be reckoned with when he rolled to an impressive 2 -length victory in the $100,495 Barretts Juvenile at Fairplex Park Sunday.
The chestnut son of Candy Ride, ridden by Patrick Valenzuela for trainer Craig Lewis, did not break smartly from his No. 1 post position in the field of nine going 6 furlongs, but made a bold move midway down the backstretch and opened a two length lead turning for home to register his second straight victory from seven starts. He earned $55,550 for owners Six-S Racing Stable and Petralia, who paid $22,000 for the colt at the January 2010 Barretts sale. He paid $5.20 to win.
"He didn't break as quick as I thought he would," Valenzuela said. "Around the turn I had a lot of horse so I thought I'd make an early move down the backside . . . he opened up for me, so I thought I'd go from there."
Road Ready, ridden by Felipe Valdez, was second, with Wealthy Aviator and David Flores third.
"The break was of concern," Lewis said, "but I had a lot of confidence in the horse. I told Pat that I thought he was a pretty good horse and that was based on his coming to hand at Del Mar. Victor (Espinoza) loved him when he won at Del Mar (Aug. 14). He told me that day, He's any kind of horse.' He's not going to make me forget Larry the Legend (1995 Santa Anita Derby winner), but I think he does have a bright future."
Asked if he felt he got a bargain paying only $22,000, Lewis said: "When the hammer fell, I was looking for the police, because I thought we were going to get arrested."
Martin Pedroza won four races Sunday, giving him 35 for the meet and leaving him 17 shy of breaking his record of 51 established over a 17-day session in 2004. He is the track's career leader with 641 and is well on his way to his 12th straight riding title at Fairplex.
There is no racing at Fairplex Monday or Tuesday. Action resumes Wednesday with 12 races at 1 p.m. The feature is the $50,000 Governor's Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at 6 furlongs. Eleven horses were entered in what appears to be a wide open event.