Successful Dan rolls to track record in AlyshebaMay 4th, 2012 | By TrackSide View | Category: Race Results
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Successful Dan kept up the theme of Friday afternoon when he set a stakes and track record in winning the 9th running of the Alysheba at Churchill Downs. The son of Successful Appeal covered the mile-and-a-sixteenth race in 1:41.04.
Successful Dan, under Julien Leparoux, battled Fort Larned down the length of the stretch to pull away in the final few strides to win by one length. Post-time favorite, Mucho Macho Man was third and Golden Yank checked in fourth.
Nate’s Mineshaft and Plutonium battled for the early lead and hit the quarter-mile 23.47. Plutonium asserted himself at the half-mile in 47:02 with Fort Larned, Nate’s Mineshaft and Mucho Macho Man applying the pressure.
Successful Dan made a moved midway through the turn and was sitting in second at the quarter-pole. Fort Larned was about to throw in the towel easily and made the winner earn every penny of his $203,153 paycheck.
The winner is owned by Morton Fink and trained by Charles Lopresti.
JULIEN LEPAROUX (Jockey, Successful Dan, first) – “This is one of the best horses I’ve ridden so far in my career (seven wins and a second in eight rides). He’s a beautiful horse and he has a great kick. I got him in a good place early and he relaxed really nice. When I asked him to run he gave me a great run down the stretch.”
CHARLIE LOPRESTI (Trainer, Successful Dan, first) – “I didn’t know if he could duplicate his race at Keeneland (on April 6). This field worried me, but this race shows me that he’s come back as the horse he was. You always worry when they come back from an injury like this. It’s not so much about the win, it’s seeing him come back ok. He’s a great horse. He’s never been beat at Churchill, he’s never been beat at Keeneland. Wise Dan (full brother) will go in the Stephen Foster. We’ll take our time and find another race for him. I’m definitely going to keep them apart for now.”
JAVIER CASTELLANO (Jockey, Fort Larned, second) – “He held on well all the way to the end. He gave a great performance today. He gave me everything he had and I was very pleased with him.”
IAN WILKES (Trainer, Fort Larned, second) – “He’s getting better and better, isn’t he? That darn Charlie Lopresti beat me again. I thought I had him this time.”
KATHY RITVO (Trainer, Mucho Macho Man, third) – “He tried hard and ran well, but he just didn’t get there today.”
RAMON DOMINGUEZ (Jockey, Mucho Macho Man, third) – “We had no problems. I tried hard. I had a great trip. He just couldn’t get to those two horses.”