Spendthrift Farm and Stonestreet Stables teamed up in the Memorial Day feature at Lone Star Park to enter Cyrus Alexander, who rewarded their patience with a 2 1/2 length victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 even. The 4-year-old son of Medaglia d'Oro covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:43.12 for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Breaking well under Martin Garcia, Cyrus Alexander took up position alongside co-favorite Shotgun Kowboy into the clubhouse turn, tracking the pace-setting Supermason. Entering the backstretch, Supermason had stretched his lead out to a six-length advantage through fractions of :23.37 and :45.90. The leader began to come back to the field as he entered the far turn, with Shotgun Kowboy and Cyrus Alexander moving as one to overtake him on the outside.
Heads apart at the top of the lane, Cyrus Alexander and Shotgun Kowboy battled for most of the way down the lane, though Cyrus Alexander pulled away convincingly in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Shotgun Kowboy finished second, while Rocket Time kept on for third. Spider's Alibi closed from very far back to finish fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Cyrus Alexander commanded $1.7 million at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. It took the colt five tries to break his maiden, then he spent several starts in the allowance ranks before stepping up to stakes company. The Lone Star Park is his first graded stakes victory, improving on his previous best effort of a fourth in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes. With a career record of 4-4-2 from 15 starts, Cyrus Alexander boasts total earnings of just over $300,000.
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