'He'll Run Through A Brick Wall For You': Glyshaw Enlivened By Bullards Alley's Recent Efforts - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

‘He’ll Run Through A Brick Wall For You’: Glyshaw Enlivened By Bullards Alley’s Recent Efforts

Tim Glyshaw and Bullards Alley at Churchill Downs after their first graded stakes victory

A game second-place effort behind multiple graded stakes winner Da Big Hoss in the $594,180 Kentucky Turf Cup (Grade II) on Sept. 10 has given trainer Tim Glyshaw confidence that Bullards Alley can spin back in three weeks for the $175,000 Lukas Classic (listed) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Oct. 1.

“He's going to run here,” Glyshaw said. “In the past he's proven that he can come back from short-time spans and run real well. I think he's equally as good on the dirt than on the turf so I don't think that's much of a concern. I just think it has more to do with how tough the race comes up. He always gives it is all; he'll run through a brick wall for you.”

The 4-year-old son of Flower Alley notched his first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Louisville Handicap (GIII) at 1 ½ miles on turf at Churchill Downs in May, which also was the first graded stakes win for Glyshaw, who was not surprised by his horse's most recent effort over 1 ½ miles on turf at Kentucky Downs.

“He's always capable of running those kinds of races,” Glyshaw said. “He's run the hardest he can all the time and he proved last year that he likes the surface at Kentucky Downs so I wasn't totally surprised. The margin of defeat to Da Big Hoss was a little bit of a surprise (1 ¼ lengths). I literally thought that about midway through the stretch that we had a chance to win the race and even when Da Big Hoss passed us, he fought back and it looked like he was going to go at him again. (Da Big Hoss) is what (trainer) Mike (Maker) said, 'The second best marathon horse in the country behind Flintshire.' That's a very big race. Hopefully, if you're one of those kinds of handicappers, the turf-to-dirt angle will do him a little bit of good, too. Obviously he likes Churchill's dirt and turf surfaces so it's not a bad spot for him.”

The 1 1/8-mile Lukas Classic will be Bullards Alley's 10th start this year, and his third start in three months. Prior to the Kentucky Turf Cup, he ran sixth in the $100,000 West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup Stakes at Mountaineer Park on Aug. 6.

“If there's one horse in our barn that can do it, it's him,” Glyshaw said.

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