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Bullards Alley Gets Elusive Graded Victory For Trainer Glyshaw In Louisville Handicap

Bullards Alley gets his first graded win in the Louisville Handicap

Wayne Spalding and Faron McCubbins' Bullards Alley came home the 2 1/2-length winner of Saturday's Grade 3 Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs. Last started just nine days ago for a hard-fought nose victory over a good dirt track, he captured the first graded stakes race of his career, as well as trainer Tim Glyshaw's, over the turf course this time, also rated good due to the morning's rain. A 4-year-old son of Flower Alley, Bullards Alley laid just off the pace while three-wide throughout, making his move on the final turn and blasting home in the 12 furlong marathon in 2:36.01.

“This was our first graded stakes win,” said assistant trainer Natalie Glyshaw (also Tim's wife). “We were undecided. We were going to just run on the main track. He's never won a race on the turf until today. He's run some real big numbers. He ran a good race only beaten five lengths down at Sam Houston and he's run third two times at Keeneland in some tough allowance races so we were just looking for the rain-off today. We were debating it until he got his Lasix shot if we were going to run or scratch and the owners wanted to take the chance. It was a small field and you don't always get the chance to run against small fields on the turf, so we took the shot.”

Wireless Future took out to the early lead, while Bullards Alley settled in fifth for the first part of the race under Francisco Torres. He was guided out to clear running, about three wide while moving into third the first time down the lane, following fractions of :26.04 and :52.51. The pace was prompted by Dynamic Sky entering the backstretch, causing Wireless Future to step up his speed just a bit on the lead. Bullards Alley remained patient along the outside, biding his time while keeping the leaders within striking distance.

Entering the far turn for the final time, Bullards Alley made his move, sneaking up on the leaders with steady, grinding strides. Three-wide into the stretch, the gelding thrust his nose in front, and as he changed leads Torres continued to drive him toward the wire. Out to an easy lead, Bullards Alley ground his way all the way through the wire to win by about 2 1/2 lengths. John's Kitten closed from the rear of the field to be second, and Roman Approval was also making up ground to finish third.

“It was a beautiful trip. I couldn't have asked for a better trip,” said Cisco Torres. “He's the kind of horse that stays and he won so easy. He was laying off of (Roman Approval) with his ears pricked and he was just loving it. It was a matter of winning it, and when I called on him, he responded. He's the kind of horse that you have to stay after. If you let him relax and let him quit running underneath you he will, so we had to stay after him and we did today.”

Bred in Kentucky by Eugene Melnyk, Bullards Alley was an $11,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Summer Select Horses of Racing Age Sale. He has gone on to win five of his 19 career starts, though he has been in the money 11 times. Bullards Alley boasts career earnings of over $255,000.

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