James Rogers’ (Black Hawk Stables) Alsvid hung on late to earn a head victory in his second Grade 3 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs, despite minor issues with his bridle slipping back down his neck. The 7-year-old son of Officer would not be denied, covering six furlongs over the main track, rated fast despite rainy conditions, in a final time of 1:08.26 for trainer Chris Hartman.
Alsvid broke out of the gate fantastically for Chris Landeros, with at least a length advantage over the rest of the field. He was immediately joined up the inside by Union Jackson, who put his neck in front for the early bit of the race. That leading pair was tracked by Limousine Liberal through a first quarter in :22.08. Alsvid kept up the pressure on Union Jackson as they entered the turn, and Limousine Liberal was forced to begin his rally three-wide as the field turned for home.
The winner of last year’s edition, Alsvid thrust his nose in front at the head of the lane, valiantly striding toward the wire. Limousine Liberal was determined to make defense of his title difficult, and hounded Alsvid through the length of the stretch, inching ever closer as the wire neared. Union Jackson did not give in along the rail either, but Alsvid prevailed by about a head on the wire, with Limousine Liberal second and Union Jackson third.
Bred in Kentucky by Yanagawa Stud, Alsvid was a $ 55,000 2-year-old purchase at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale. Now with a record of 15 wins from 43 career starts, including three graded victories, the gelding improved his career bankroll to just under $ 1.3 million.
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