Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting new sire Flower Alley could be represented in North America’s Triple Crown races this year.
This three race series, which consists of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, has seen horses entered in a bid to emulate American Pharoah, who last year ended a 37 year drought when becoming the first horse since Affirmed to win the Triple Crown.
Crescent Drive, by Flower Alley out of Patience Drive by Pulpit, was a smart two-year-old in Canada last year, winning and running third in one of Canda’s top 2yo events –the Display Stakes.
Bred by Eugene Melnyk (who raced Flower Alley himself), Crescent Drive is trained by Darwin Banach.
His sire had another great run of success during 2015, when Flower Alley was represented by no fewer than eight stakes winners.
To date, Flower Alley has been represented by over 25 stakes horses, and his progeny have already earned more than $21 000 000 in stakes.
Flower Alley is no stranger to the Triple Crown –with his champion son I’ll Have Another having won both the G1 Kentucky Derby and G1 Preakness Stakes before injury ruled him out of the third and final leg, the G1 Belmont Stakes.
Fully booked in his first season in South Africa, Flower Alley proved exceptionally fertile last year with the mares testing in foal to the G1 Travers winner including such G1 winners as Athina, Rat Burana, and Zirconeum as well as G2 UAE Derby Mubtaahij’s half sister Saint Mary.