11/17/2012 10:05PM

Churchill Downs: Centre Court much the best in Mrs. Revere

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Centre Court, under Julien Leparoux, wins her third straight graded stakes in the Mrs. Revere.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Centre Court got a textbook ride from Julien Leparoux in posting a convincing two-length triumph Saturday night in 22nd running of the Grade 2, $202,125 Mrs. Revere Stakes, the anchor of the lone Downs After Dark card at the Churchill Downs fall meet.

Trained to the minute by Rusty Arnold, Centre Court stalked the pace in the 1 1/16-mile race set by longshot English Class before taking over at the top of the stretch. From there, the filly simply widened before being eased up in the final 40 yards by Leparoux, the one-time dominant jockey at Churchill.

Leading Astray finished second, followed by Colonial Flag and Solid Appeal.

“I love when a plan comes together,” said Arnold. “We’ll take her down to Florida, give her the time off she deserves, and look forward to the [Grade 1] Jenny Wiley at Keeneland in April. She ran a tremendous race tonight.”

Centre Court, bred and owned by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., returned $5 as favorite in a field of 12 3-year-old fillies after finishing in 1:42.54 over firm going.

Drs. David Richardson and Hiram Polk, who bred and raced Mrs. Revere in partnership in the early 1980s with trainer Bill Mott, presented the winning trophy.

Ontrack attendance amid terrific autumn weather was estimated by Daily Racing Form at 16,000.