Alannan's Victory Tribute to Late Trainer's Work

From Keeneland
Eaglestone Farm's Alannan scored an impressive four-length victory in the $270,750 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes at odds of 17-1. The race marked the first time the 5-year-old Conquistador Cielo horse has started since being transferred from the barn of the late John Tammaro II to Carl Nafzger.

Alannan, who was never far back as Sassy Hound led through fractions of :22 and :44 3/5 for the first half-mile, was angled toward the outside by jockey Edgar Prado entering the stretch and responded by winning easily in 1:22 1/5 for seven furlongs over a fast track. Valiant Halory, the highest price on the board at 30-1, finished second with Liberty Gold third. Left Bank, the 4-5 favorite never fired, finishing of seventh of eight.

"Well John's done a great job with this horse," Nafzger said. "We just inherited him about three weeks ago. This is John's; John won this race. He kept this horse sound for all these years. He's a five year old now and he's running good. Hey, I just hope he wins the world for John this year."

With the victory, Alannan improved his career record to 5-0-4 in 15 starts and has now earned $331,440. He returned $37.20, $15.20 and $9.20. (Chart, Equibase)