Former Canadian Champion Lukes Alley, a son of Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting resident sire Flower Alley, picked up the ninth career win of his career when dead-heating with Farz in an allowance optional claiming race over 1700m at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
Farz and Lukes Alley were drawn next to each other in thegate, and found themselves together at the wire too. Farz showed more speed to track from second out in the clear asLukes Alley drafted in midpack while three deep. Farz was scrubbed on to challenge the leader, and hit the front in upper stretch before being immediately collared by Lukes Alley. The pair exchanged blows down to the wire, and could not be separated by the placing judge.
Lukes Alley, Canada’s Champion Older Male of 2014, had previously landed 3 graded races, including the 2016 G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.
He has now won nine of 18 outings and banked nearly $800 000 in prize money.
His G1 Travers Stakes winning sire Flower Alley will be represented by his first South African yearlings in 2018.