Brickyard Ride should be a heavy triple bend favorite
With a horse as versatile as Brickyard Tower owner/breeder Alfred (Sonny) Pais and trainer Craig Lewis had a plethora of options over Memorial Day weekend at Santa Anita Park. A sprinter whose devastating running speed has blighted many rivals, Brickyard Ride also proved more than capable around two corners and on the turf.
Pais and Lewis logically opted for the Triple Bend Stakes (G2) of $200,000 on May 29. Not only does it have the highest purse and rating of their four options, but its seven stadiums on earth play Brickyard Ride‘s brightest talent. Brickyard Ride is expected to face five rivals and tied at station 4 with regular rider Juan Hernandez.
After Brickyard Ride came home from 2 1/4 lengths in the Kona Gold Stakes (G3) on April 30 at 6 1/2 furlongs to the dirt, Pais discussed possibilities for his next start.
“They have four races in a month,” he said. “I’m sure if all goes well we’ll be in one of them.”
As a Californian, Brickyard Ride could compete in either the $100,000 six-mile Thor’s Echo Stakes, a race he won last year, or the $100,000 one-mile Crystal Water Stakes on turf, both scheduled for May 28 as two of five stakes for Cal-breds and Californian runners. In its two races prior to Kona Gold, Brickyard Ride won the Tiznow Stakes at a mile on the dirt and the Sensational Star Stakes at around 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita. The latter also opened up the final possibility – the $100,000 Daytona Stakes (G3T) on May 29 on the same course and distance.
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Pais said their choice would also depend on where others go, saying, “I don’t want to meet line of flight soon.” But Brickyard Ride also scares others.
Kona Gold second and fellow Cal-bred coach Mike Puype Tigre Di Slugo put his gelding in the Thor’s Echo and emphatically said, “We’re racing where Brickyard Ride isn’t.”
If Brickyard Ride wins the Triple Bend, it would be their fifth straight win, all coming at the current Santa Anita meeting. Alone Round table in 1957-58 won five straight appearances in a single Santa Anita meeting.
Brickyard Ride, a son of Walk to the clubhouse —Helen Brickyard by Picture of the south has developed a fanbase, Pais said, adding, “People like to watch horses like him; they remember horses like him.”
None of Brickyard Ride’s Triple Bend rivals have earned a 2022 entry. Fellow Cal-bred Principe Carlo has perhaps the best recent form. Winner of last year’s Cary Grant Stakes for Cal-breds and Cal-sired runners, the 6-year-old son of Reel finished second in the March 5 San Carlos Stakes presented by FanDuel (G2). Kyle Frey rides from position 5 for trainer Librado Barocio, who claimed Principe Carlo for $20,000 at the end of 2020, and Barocio’s Mia Familia Racing team.
elated 5 year old son of Swirling Candy owned by CRK Stable and trained by Peter Eurton, has not started since finishing third in the 2021 Triple Bend.
“We just gave him time for some minor stuff,” Eurton said. “It took longer than we thought, but he’s ready to go now. We’re very happy with the way he’s training. It’s a tough race, but we’re all looking forward to it. because he’s pretty tough too.”
Edwin Maldonado Exaulted pilots from Station 2.
The rest of the field includes the winner of the 2020 American Pharoah Stakes (G1) Get her number (Ramon Vazquez, position 1) for coach Ruben Alvarado, 2019 American Pharoah second American theorem (Joe Bravo, ext. 3) for coach George Papaprodromou, and optional compensation claiming the winner Elector (Ricardo Gonzalez, post 6) for coach John Sadler. The voter is also entered in the Steve Sexton Mile Stakes (G3) from May 30 to lone star park.
Inputs: Triple S bend (G2)
Santa Anita Park, Sunday May 29, 2022, Race 4
- Class II
- 4 years and over
- 2:30 p.m. (local time)