US stakes success for Flower Alley

Beach Flower

Wilgerbosdrift’s G1 winning sire Flower Alley, whose first 2yos made a big impression in South Africa last season, enjoyed more black type success in North America on Saturday.

His six-year-old daughter Beach Flower dug down deep to score a repeat win in the Minnesota H. B. P. A Distaff Stakes (she previously won the race in 2017 before finishing runner up last year) at Canterbury Park.
Sent off favourite for Saturday’s one mile turf feature, Beach Flower kept going gamely to record a head win –picking up the third stakes victory of her career in the process.

Trained by McLean Robertson and ridden to victory by Dean Butler, Beach Flower has now won nine times for earnings in excess of $390 000.

The mare, who also finished third in the 2018 G3 Rood And Riddle Dowager Stakes, is one of more than 40 black type performers for Flower Alley.

A G1 winning son of champion sire Distorted Humor, Flower Alley also enjoyed success at Woodbine on Sunday when his son Papa D shed his maiden over six furlongs on turf.