07/05/2008 12:00AM

Bucephalus wins first race in Clarendon


Bucephalus ($7.10) graduated in style at Woodbine, taking the $150,400 Clarendon Stakes for 2-year-olds by a half-length over El Brujo.

Bucephalus rallied wide from the back of the tightly-bunched field, and hooked up with El Brujo and pacemaker Silver Rocket early in the stretch. He wore down those two in the final furlong, and completed 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.73.

Silver Rocket wound up third, and favored Long Pants trailed the six-horse field of Ontario-breds, after getting squeezed at the break.

The rider on El Brujo claimed foul on Bucephalus for interference in the stretch, but the result stood.

"He's a great big colt, and he's still learning where his legs go," said Jim McAleney, who rode Bucephalus for trainer Kevin Attard. "In spite of all that, he can still sprint really well. He broke well, but I didn't want to rush him off his feet. I had a lot of confidence in the horse, and I knew he'd come running late."

Bucephalus, who finished second in his only other outing in a maiden special, banked $90,000 for Knob Hill Stable.