Two stakes winners for Flower Alley
Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting new stallion Flower Alley had a stunning stakes double over the weekend.
On Saturday, Flower Alley’s 2yo son Firespike picked up the first stakes win of his career when he won the Juvenile Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park by three and a half lengths. The colt, who ran in the G1 Breeders’ Futurity last time out, has now won twice in five outings, and clearly relishes the turf surface. Firespike looks an exciting contender for some of the bigger turf races for 3yos in North America next season, where he could add further gloss to his sire’s already impressive resume.
One day later, Flower Alley’s exciting son Lukes Alley made it three wins on the trot when he scored in the G2 Autumn Stakes at Woodbine.
In landing the 1700m contest, Lukes Alley accounted for a high class field. The runner up War Correspondent is yet to run unplaced in six outings, third home, Midnight Aria won Canada’s oldest classic (Queen’s Plate), while the fourth home Alpha Bettor is a top class performer who has earned over $700 000 in stakes.
To date, Lukes Alley, who is out of the A P Indy mare Vaulcluse, has won six times and earned over $400 000 in prize money. His previous victories included a score in the G3 Durham Cup.
His sire has enjoyed a superb season in 2014, and has been represented by 11 black type runners thus far.
Former Grade 1 Travers Stakes winner, Flower Alley is a world class stallion whose offspring include the mighty I’ll Have Another. The latter, North America’s Champion 3YO Colt of 2012, won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes before an injury forced him to be scratched from the final leg of the US Triple Crown (Belmont Stakes) in 2012. A triple G1 winner, I’ll Have Another earned over $2.6 million on the racetrack and is currently standing at stud in Japan.
Other top class runners sired by Flower Alley (whose half brother Spielberg won the recent G1 Tenno Sho in Japan) include Lilacs and Lace (G1 Ashland Stakes), Neck ‘N Neck (winner or placed in six graded races), Karibu Gardens (winner of the G2 Sky Classic Stakes in 2014), and My Wandy’s Girl. The latter a champion in Puerto Rico and winner of the G2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap in North America sold for $700 000 recently at the Keeneland November Sale.
Flower Alley is a son of former Champion US sire Distorted Humor, who currently ranks as one of the best stallions currently active at stud in North America. Only two stallions currently active at stud in the US have more Grade 1 winners to their name than does Distorted Humor. The sire of over 120 stakes winners, Distorted Humor (whose stars include former Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide and Breeders Cup Classic hero Drosselmeyer) regular ranks amongst North America’s leading stallions, and is also the sire of Cursory Glance, winner of the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and one of the top juvenile fillies in Europe this year.
A fee is yet to be announced for Flower Alley (who is from the same family as hugely influential stallion Lyphard), who will stand his first season in South Africa in 2015.