09/24/2016 4:52PM

Cyrus Alexander uses late surge en route to Frosted triumph

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Jockey Rafael Bejarano (yellow silks) and Cyrus Alexander work their way to a win in the Frosted Stakes on Saturday at Parx Racing.

BENSALEM, Pa. - Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer came to Parx Racing on Saturday primarily to win the $1 million Cotillion Stakes with undefeated Songbird, but he took home some walking-around money after Cyrus Alexander got up in the final strides to win the $150,000 Frosted Stakes.

Cyrus Alexander, who seemed to be stuck in neutral for several strides in upper stretch, kicked in strongly late under Rafael Bejarano and got to the wire first by a head over a slow-starting War Story. It was a neck back to Mr. Jordan in third. He was followed, in order, by Res Judicata, Encryption, Tale of Life and Bodhisattva.

The win was the fifth from 18 starts for Cyrus Alexander, a 4-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro and a half-brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver owned in partnership by Stonestreet Stables and Spendthrift Farm.

Cyrus Alexander had a difficult trip when second to stablemate Point Piper in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs last month.

On Saturday, he was getting a dream inside stalking trip as he was third, about two lengths off the pace, while Res Judicata set modest fractions of 24.05 for the quarter, 48.55 for the half, and 1:12.84 for six furlongs.

In upper stretch, Bejarano guided Cyrus Alexander off the fence, looked like he was going to try and split Mr. Jordan and Res Judicata, who were on even terms at the eighth pole. But Bejarano went out another path or two and then Cyrus Alexander lengthened his stride late to just get up.

War Story, who broke last under Frankie Pennington, came with an even wider run to get second.

Cyrus Alexander covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.27 and returned $5.60 as the favorite.

“Even though we went a little slow in the beginning, I tried to get him to relax and hold him as long as I can because I knew he was going to come running at the end,” Bejarano said.

Though Hollendorfer said there were anxious moments in the stretch, he did like the trip Cyrus Alexander was getting.

“It looked like the horse was running easy and covering a lot of ground, so I wasn’t worried,” Hollendorfer said.

Given Cyrus Alexander’s superior pedigree, Hollendorfer said he would like to look for a Grade 2 or Grade 1 race next for the 4-year-old. He didn’t rule out pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.
“If we could get in, maybe that would be the spot,” he said.