Wilgerbosdrift’s promising sire Flower Alley has a smart pair of winners in the US this past weekend.
First of the Flower Alleys to score was 3yo filly Etheridge, who picked up an allowance race, on Ohio Derby day, at Thistledown on Saturday.
Despite having a wide trip, the Joe Bravo partnered filly ran on strongly to score by half a length from Desert Valley. It was another seven lengths back to the third home, Curious Ruth.
Out of the unraced Rahy mare Deep In My Heart, Etheridge has now won three of her nine outings for owner Doubledown Stables.
The second of the Flower Alley sired winners this past weekend arrived in the form of Wanstead Gardens, who was successful at Santa Anita on Sunday. Ridden by Gary Stevens, Wanstead Gardens landed the spoils in an allowance optional claimer on turf, despite fanning out five wide at the top of the straight.
Sent off the even money favourite for the 2000m contest, Wanstead Gardens has now won or placed in six of his ten outings.
Sire Flower Alley, himself winner of the G1 Travers Stakes and half brother to recent Royal Ascot runner Spielberg, is the sire of champions Lukes Alley and I’ll Have Another – winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and over $2.6 million in stakes.
Flower Alley, a son of US Champion Sire Distorted Humor, will stand his first South African season for a fee of R80 000.