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Bullard’s Alley Bullies Way To Woodchopper Victory

Bullards Alley takes the Woodchopper Stakes at the Fair Grounds.

Wayne Spalding and Faron McCubbins' Tim Glyshaw-trained Bullards Alley wore down Virginia H. Tarra Trust's Steve Margolis-trained Oak Brook with a determined rally in a rained-off renewal of the one-mile $75,000 Woodchopper Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots over a muddy surface to cap three consecutive stakes on the day-after-Christmas card. The race was restricted to sophomores and finished at the first finish.

Victorious by three-quarters of a length, the long-winded son of Flower Alley sat comfortably behind the pace – set by Oak Brook and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan – through fractions of 24.34, 47.78 and 1:12.65 before tipping out and running down his aforementioned rival in the final sixteenth of a mile, crossing the wire in 1:38.64 under Marcelino Pedroza. It was another 3¼ lengths back to Glockenburg LLC's Pavel Vashchenko-trained Belomor in third, who was another 1½ lengths in front of Brittlyn Stable's Ron Faucheux-trained favorite Tough Customer.

Bullards Alley paid $10.80, $4.60 and 3.60, earning $46,500 to increase his lifetime earnings to $147,201. The victory was his third in 13 lifetime starts and second in his last three after winning a 10-furlong allowance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 12. Oak Brook returned $5 and $3.80, while Belomor returned $4.20.

“I didn't want to be too close, but I put him close because he runs all day,” Pedroza said. “It was a mile, so I wanted to be near the lead because I know he will keep running.”

Glyshaw, who was winning his third career stakes at Fair Grounds, echoed those sentiments.

“We got a little lucky that it came off the turf, but there were some good horses still in there,” Glyshaw said. “He runs all day, so our only worry was having to go a mile and it maybe being a little short for him. A lot of horses can run a mile, but not a lot of horses can run a mile and a quarter and farther like he can and that's what he does – he runs all day.”

Oak Brook, making his first start for trainer Steve Margolis and first since May, pleased his connections.

“He ran hard,” Bridgmohan said. “Steve has done really well with him. He just got beat by a horse who's been running.”

The Woodchopper order of finish was completed by Chapter Two, Firespike and Chilango. The initial 15-horse field, including one also eligible, was decreased to seven competitors with the scratches of Chip Leader, Charlie's Affair, Wireless Future, Lu Rae's Lucky Sky, Flashy Chelsey, Granny's Kitten, Majestic Pride and Supermason.

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