Brickyard Ride the One to Beat in Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar

The Craig Lewis-trained Brickyard Ride, bred in California, will take on six Kentucky breds and two Florida breds in Saturday’s $300,000 Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar. Brickyard Ride, who will be ridden by Juan Hernandez, goes into the 6-furlong sprint off a victory in the $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes at Santa Anita last month.

Lewis also will saddle the only Cal-bred in Sunday’s $300,000 Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes when he sends out Warren’s Showtime in the seven-horse field. Del Mar publicity official Hank Wesch asked Lewis if he feels the weight of the Cal-bred world on his shoulders.

“I’ve carried weight before, I can deal with it,” he said.

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