Sep 02, 2005
Flower Alley grabs Travers Stakes
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Saratoga Springs, NY (Sports Network) - Flower Alley, who also won the Jim Dandy
Stakes in late July, made it two straight wins at Saratoga, as he posted a convincing
victory in the $1 million Travers Stakes.
Flower Alley covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.76.
Even with the absence of Afleet Alex, a solid field of seven three-year-olds went
postward in Saratoga's signature race. Known as the Mid-Summer Derby, the Travers
Stakes is an important stop leading to the Breeders' Cup Classic, which takes place
later this year.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Flower Alley added $600,000 to his bankroll, which now
totals more than $1.4 million. In addition to the Jim Dandy Stakes, Flower Alley
captured the Lane's End Stakes in March. He then finished second to Afleet Alex in
the Arkansas Derby and ninth in the Kentucky Derby. The colt was also second in the
Dwyer Stakes on July 4 to Roman Ruler.
Flower Alley is owned by Eugene Melnyk and trained by Todd Pletcher.
The pace in the Travers was set by morning-line favorite Bellamy Road. Flower Alley
pressed the lead, followed by Roman Ruler and Andromeda's Hero.
The field maintained their positions around the turn for home and into the stretch.
At the top of the stretch, Flower Alley, who went off at 3-1, joined Bellamy Road
on the lead. In deep stretch, Flower Alley gained the lead and went on to a 2 1/2 length
Bellamy Road, who was racing for the first time since going off as the Kentucky Derby
favorite, finished second.
Haskell Invitational winner Roman Ruler proved no match for Flower Alley and finished
third with Don't Get Mad fourth. Completing the order of finish was Andromeda's Hero, Reverberate and Chekhov.
Flower Alley returned $8.00, $4.00 and $2.70. Bellamy Road paid $4.10 and $3.00, and
Roman Ruler paid $2.50 for show.
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