Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting sire Flower Alley was represented by his 17th stakes winner when his three-year-old son Bullards Alley won the Woodchopper Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Saturday.
A full brother to G2 Sky Classic Stakes winner Karibu Gardens, the brown gelding raced in the two path early, before being settled off the pace. Bullards Alley, ridden by Marcelino Pedroza, then slipped off the rail before coming with a late rattle to score by three parts of a length over the well bred Oak Brook.
Favourite Tough Customer, after a wide trip in the 1600m race, could only finish a well beaten fourth.
Bullards Alley, who was bred by Flower Alley’s former owner Eugene Melnyk, has now won or placed in eight of his 13 outings and he looks on course for more success in 2016.
Flower Alley’s latest black type winner is out of a mare by Kris S, whose son Arch is broodmare sire of Flower Alley’s US Champion and Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another.
Winner of the 2005 G1 Travers Stakes, Flower Alley has enjoyed another good year in 2016, with his stakes winners including the above mentioned Bullards Avenue, as well as Awesome Flower (Wayward Lass Stakes), Firespike (OBS Championship), Flower Lady (Louisiana Distaff), and millionaire Neck ‘N Neck (G3 Greenwood Cup).
To date, his progeny, which also includes champions Lukes Alley and My Wandy’s Girl, have earned over $21 000 000 in prize money.
The chestnut son of Distorted Humor also completed a highly successful first South African season at stud, where he proved both hugely fertile and very popular.
Among the many high class mares tested safely in foal to Flower Alley in his first local season are G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Athina, the blue blooded Dashing Scarlet (whose dam is former G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Dancer’s Daughter), multiple G1 winner Rat Burana’s daughter Indira, G3 Acacia Hcp winner Milk And Honey, G2 Tibouchina winner Red D’or, UAE Derby Mubtaahij’s half sister Saint Mary, and G1 Woolavington Stakes vixen Zirconeum