Centre Court powered to victory in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. (Photo by Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs)
By Claire Novak, @BH_CNovak
Centre Court served up an ace at Churchill Downs in the $175,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 17, fulfilling expectations as the 3-2 favorite and extending her record on the Louisville lawn to a perfect 3-for-3.
The sophomore daughter of Smart Strike carried top weight of 120 pounds against 11 others in the 1 1/16-mile turf event, but nevertheless dominated her competition when drawing away to win by two. She completed the distance on the firm Matt Winn turf course in 1:42.54 under confident handling by jockey Julien Leparoux.
Coming off a pair of runner-up efforts in the Oct. 13 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup (gr. IT) at Keeneland and the Aug. 19 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course for trainer Rusty Arnold, Centre Court returned to the surface that saw her notch victories in the June 16 Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) and in a May 19 maiden special weight. The bay filly also earned a victory in the Lake George (gr. IIT) this summer at Saratoga for owner G. Watts Humphrey Jr.
Longshot English Class took the lead in the Mrs. Revere, opening a two-length advantage through the early going while setting fractions of :24.39 for the quarter and :48.57 for the half. Stalking in the two-path next in line, Centre Court was perfectly positioned to strike heading into the second turn. She steadily improved her position between horses through three-quarters in 1:13.15, and she struck the lead coming off the turn to draw away under three judicious strokes of the right-handed stick for a mile in 1:36.48.
Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Leading Astray closed well for the place after steadying in tight along the first turn, but was second-best. Colonial Flag followed that one from well back to finish third. Solid Appeal, Miz Ida, English Class, Somali Lemonade, Peace Preserver, Regalo Mia, Volcat, Lateegra, and Charged Cotton completed the order of finish.
Centre Court returned $5, $3.20, and $2.60 while Leading Astray brought $6 and $4.80 and Colonial Flag paid $6.
Bred in Kentucky by the G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust - 2008, Centre Court is out of the A.P. Indy mare Let. The Mrs. Revere score improved her record to 4-4 from nine starts, with earnings of $476,012.
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CENTRE COURT WON THE MRS. REVERE BY TWO LENGTHS
Photo by Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs