Flower Alley arrives!
The exciting new recruit to the Cape stallion band, Flower Alley, has arrived safely at Wilgerbosdrift.
As these photos clearly indicate, the handsome chestnut is in great shape as he arrives at his new home in the pink.
Flower Alley, who will stand his first South African season at stud in 2015, was an exceptional racehorse.
The son of champion US sire Distorted Humor, who was placed in his only outing at two, won or placed in nine of his 14 outings on the tough North American racetracks.
Flower Alley, who won over $2.53 million in stakes, scored his signature win in the Gr1 Travers Stakes of 2005 over a high-class group of 3yos, which included the top flight winners Bellamy Road and Roman Ruler. One of North America’s top contests for 3yos, the Travers Stakes (also known as the Midsummer Derby) has been previously by such outstanding champions as Damascus, Buckpasser, Arts And Letters, Native Dancer, and Point Given – all of whom were subsequently named Horse Of The Year.
Flower Alley went on to run second to Horse Of The Year Saint Liam in the 2005 Breeders Cup Classic, where he defeated such high-class Grade 1 winners as Perfect Drift, Starcraft, and Borrego.
He ended his career having won five major Graded stakes races and the reputation of being amongst the best of his generation.
His sire Distorted Humor is one of North America’s top sires – having sired more than 120 stakes winners to date, of which 17 have won at the highest level.
Sons of Distorted Humor are also now enjoying plenty of success at stud, and the future of this male line looks in good shape. To date, no fewer than five sons of the sire have sired Graded/Group winners, while another promising son of the sire is Highlands Farm’s resident Pathfork. A champion at two, the Group 1 winning Pathfork’s first crop sold up to R700 000 at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Like fellow leading sires Scat Daddy and Tapit, Flower Alley is inbred to the great breed shaping stallion Mr Prospector.
A half brother to two Grade 1 winners in Japan, Flower Alley has more than lived up to his tremendous physique and pedigree at stud. Sire of 16 black type winners to date, Flower Alley (who upgrades his mares handsomely) is best known as the sire of US champion and Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another, as well as the US Grade 1 winning filly Lilacs And Lace (Ashland Stakes).
Flower Alley is also the sire of the brilliant Lukes Alley – who has been nominated for a Sovereign Award as Canada’s Champion Older Male. The colt, now a six time winner from just nine outings, reeled off a hatrick of wins last year for owner-breeder Eugene Melnyk (who also raced Flower Alley himself, as well as another exciting young Cape sire, Marchfield). Lukes Alley, who has now amassed over $400 000 in stakes, picked up a pair of graded wins last year, winning both the Gr2 Autumn Stakes and Gr3 Durham Cup.
A stud fee is yet to be announced for Flower Alley, whose notable relatives include the breeding shaping sire Lyphard.