07/14/2007 11:00PM

Alezzandro wins Prince of Wales


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Alezzandro, who was gunned down by Mike Fox in the closing strides of Woodbine’s Queen’s Plate on June 24, avenged himself in Sunday’s $500,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, the second leg of Canada's triple crown.

Under rider Todd Kabel, Alezzandro assumed command shortly after breaking from the outside post in the field of six and controlled the pace en route to a 1 3/4-length victory in the 1 3/16-mile race. Mike Fox finished fourth.

“He was so relaxed, so comfortable, the whole time with me,” Kabel said of Alezzandro, whom Kabel had clear by a measured length through an opening quarter-mile in :23.61 and a half-mile in :47.58 before beginning to edge away and open up entering the stretch.

“I knew at the quarter pole, when I asked him to run and he gave me that big kick, that they weren’t going to beat him today,” Kabel said.

Alezzandro, the third choice at 3.70-1, led by three lengths with a furlong remaining and held off a closing Jiggs Coz in a final clocking of 1:55.04.

Jiggs Coz, who finished third as the favorite in the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, had a troubled start and rallied very wide into the stretch after trailing through the first six furlongs as the 9-5 choice Sunday.

Daaher finished 4 1/2 lengths in third as the 3-1 second choice under Mike Luzzi with Mike Fox another half-length back in fourth at 3.75-1 under Emma-Jayne Wilson.

Marchfield and Poachers Moon completed the order of finish.

Alezzandro, a High Yield colt owned by Knob Hill Stable and the estate of Steve Stavro, is trained by Kevin Attard. He was making just his fourth career start after beginning his career on May 13.

“He’d trained well leading to this race, and we’d expected him to improve off the Queen’s Plate,” Attard said.

“And, he got a perfect ride. You couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Alezzandro checked into Fort Erie on July 6 and stayed on through the Prince of Wales, a decision Attard believed played a major role in his success.

“He’s a bit of a timid horse, and we didn’t want to take any chances,” Attard said. “He shipped here well, and worked well. Everything just came together.”

Ian Black, who trains Mike Fox, believed the better horse won on this particular occasion.

“He’s done little wrong in his short career,” Black said. “We were sitting where we should have been, pressing him a little bit.”

Alezzandro and Mike Fox could meet again on Aug. 5 in Woodbine’s $500,000 Breeders’, the 1 1/2-mile turf race that concludes the triple crown series for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Clark and Wilson both picked up consolation prizes at Fort Erie in Sunday’s $50,000 supporting stakes as Clark won the Ernie Samuel Memorial with Bosskiri and Wilson captured the Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial with Marco Be Good. Bosskiri and Marco Be Good, both based at Woodbine, were odds-on favorites in their respective appearances over five furlongs of turf.

Herb McGirr, Fort Erie’s director of racing, estimated Sunday’s crowd at 7,500, which is an impressive house in this racetrack’s modern era.