Sixth stakes win for Flower Alley mare
Flower Alley, who recently arrived at Wilgerbosdrift where he will begin stud duties later this year, is the sire of the ultra tough racemare Awesome Flower, victorious in a US feature over the weekend.
The 6yo mare picked up the sixth stakes win of her career when successful in Saturday’s Wayward Lass Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, showing all her customary heart and resolution in the process.
Awesome Flower, third last time out in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf, ran on strongly inside the final furlong where she hit the front in the 1700m Wayward Lass. The game mare held on strongly, under jockey Fernando De La Cruz, to register a three parts of a length score.
After the race, assistant trainer Dave Kueffner commented, “She has always been an honest filly. (Trainer) Mike (Maker) has always been good at picking the right spots for her”.
In the process, Awesome Flower, who set a new stakes record for the Wayward Lass, pushed her earnings to over $500 000, and picked up the 10 victory of her 30 race long career.
She has also been placed in a pair of graded races and hopefully can go one better this year.
Awesome Flower shares her sire with the promising US 3yo Firespike, a nominee for the 2015 Triple Crown, as well as potential Canadian Champion Lukes Alley.
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).
From the same family as legendary sire Lyphard, Flower Alley is one of 17 G1 winners for his champion sire Distorted Humor.