A pair of two-year-old stakes races going six and a half furlongs highlighted a full weekend of thoroughbred racing at Fairplex Park.
Aided by a strong middle move and a dive to the rail by jockey Patrick Valenzuela, Clubhouse Ride scored a two-and-a-quarter-length victory as the 8-to-5 favorite in Sunday’s Barretts Juvenile.
Trained by Craig Lewis, the son of Candy Ride has now won two in a row and moved his earnings over $100,000.
The first ride at Fairplex in five years for Valenzuela proved to be worth his effort, as he had ridden at Woodbine in Toronto the previous day.
On Saturday, True Way of Grace lived up to her lofty $150,000 purchase price, breaking her maiden in her third career start by winning the Barretts Debutante.
Sent off as the fourth choice at 6-to-1 under jockey Paul Atkinson, the daughter of Yes It’s True wore down odds-on favorite Dearly Concerned in the stretch to win by half a length.
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