Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting new stallion Flower Alley made international headlines over the weekend when his son Lukes Alley was named Canada’s Champion Older Male for 2014 at the Sovereign Awards ceremony held at Woodbine last Friday evening.
The now five-year-old Lukes Alley won three of his four races last year with his wins including scores in the G2 Autumn Stakes and G3 Durham Cup.
To date, Lukes Alley, who is owned by his breeder Eugene Melnyk, has won six of his nine outings and over $400 000 in stakes.
He is the third official champion sired by Flower Alley, who is set to stand his first season in South Africa in 2015. Flower Alley’s past champions include US Champion Three-Year-Old Colt and Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another, who earned more than $2.6 million in stakes. I’ll Have Another is currently at stud in Japan, where he is standing for a stud fee of 3.2 million yen.
Lukes Alley was one of four graded stakes winners to represent Flower Alley in 2014, with the others being Lucrecia (Clasico Ano Nuevo), Karibu Gardens (G2 Sky Classic Hcp) and My Wandy’s Girl (G2 Barbara Fritchie Hcp).
Flower Alley, whose 3yo son Firespike ran third in the recent G3 Spiral Stakes and looks an exciting sophomore prospect for 2015 (another son Neck ‘N Neck ran second in Saturday’s G3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland) has been set to stand for an R80 000 first year stud fee in 2015.