Prince Alphie Rallies to Win Black Gold

(from track report)
Prince Alphie charged from off the pace under Shane Sellers to win the $75,000 Black Gold Handicap on the turf in convincing fashion Saturday at Fair Grounds.

Owned and bred by William C. Schettine and trained by Josie Carroll, Prince Alphie settled behind the early leaders before moving three-wide in the stretch to win by 1 1/4- length over Canaan Land.

Prince Alphie turned the tables on Canaan Land, a horse that beat him in allowance company Dec. 12.

Oak Hill set a comfortable pace alone on the front end. Galloping under Gerard Melancon, Oak Hill cruised through fractions of :27.38 for the quarter-mile and :52.42 for the half-mile. Oak Hill opened up a length in the stretch before giving way to Prince Alphie and Canaan Land.

"Today he did not get off that good and he got I tight on the first turn," Sellers said of Prince Alphie. "But then on the backside he settled well. When I called on him he really finished well. He kind of surprised me a bit."

Prince Alphie finished about 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:36.25 on a Stall-Wilson turf course with the rail out 25 feet.

The 3-year-old son of Alphabet Soup eclipsed the $100,000 mark in only his fifth start. His career record includes three wins and a pair of runner-up finishes.

(Chart, Equibase)