US feature race success for Flower Alley

Wilgerbosdrift’s inform resident sire Flower Alley supplied a feature race winner in North America on Friday when his daughter Distinctive Flower won the Vivacious Handicap at Belterra Park.

In landing the Vivacious Handicap, Distinctive Flower became Flower Alley’s 24th stakes winner.

Trained by Larry Smith, five-year-old Distinctive Flower made it win number five when justifying favouritism with a one and a half length win in the 1700m Vivacious Handicap.
The consistent Distinctive Flower, who is out of the With Distinction mare Real Distinctive, has finished in the first three in each of her last eight starts.

Her G1 Travers Stakes winning sire Flower Alley, also sire of Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes winning champion I’ll Have Another, has made a bright start to his South African stud career.

Flower Alley’s first local crop, now three-year-olds, includes six black type horses thus far notably Ormond Ferraris Oaks Trial winner Fayrooz, G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic runner up Marygold and WSB East Cape Derby second Rock Aloe, while Flower Alley’s second SA crop includes promising Perfect Promise Sprint runner up Lemon Delight.

The son of Distorted Humor has 14 lots on offer at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale including a half-sister (Lot 168) to July winning champion Marinaresco, a half-sister (Lot 179) to Aquanaut Handicap winner Chitengo, and a half-sister (Lot 439) to G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Athina.