06/23/2013 8:07PM

Pleasanton: Saint Prado wins Livermore Valley Wine Stakes

William G. Vassar
Saint Prado (right) got his first stakes victory in Sunday's Livermore Valley Wine.

Sometimes it pays for a trainer to listen to a jockey.

Trainer Jeff Bonde remembered that jockey Rafael Bejarano suggested that Saint Prado ($10.80) could be a good sprinter, and when he entered the Kitten’s Joy colt in the $53,350 Livermore Valley Wine Stakes at the Alameda County Fair, he was rewarded with the colt’s first stakes victory Sunday.

Saint Prado broke alertly, but jockey Frank Alvarado let the speedy Los Tres Bohemios and South Floyd battle for the lead in the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds.

Los Tres Bohemios, who added blinkers for the race, opened a 1 1/2-length lead on South Floyd after a 22.42-second opening quarter-mile, but South Floyd and Saint Prado, moving in tandem, stuck their heads in front of the faltering front-runner at the quarter pole.

South Floyd, making only his second start of the year, could not handle Saint Prado, who was cutting back in distance following a series of routes, and faded.

Saint Prado finished well and held off the favored Outside Nashville, who was cutting into his lead, to win by a length in 1:09.36. Our Cognac Kid was third, another four lengths back.

“I wanted to lie second or third and just wanted to be patient,” Alvarado said. “At the three-sixteenths, I knew [Outside Nashville] was coming fast, but the finish line came up in time for us.”

Bonde, who owns Saint Prado with Phil Lebherz, celebrated a stakes victory in his hometown.

“I knew they’d send [South Floyd] at all costs, and I just wanted to sit behind the burners,” said Bonde, who was pleased with Alvarado’s ride. “When we ran in the Sunland Derby, Bejarano said he’d be able to sprint.”

The victory, worth $32,100, was the second in seven starts for the colt, who finished third in the Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields as a 2-year-old. A $50,000 yearling purchase, Saint Prado lifted his career earnings to $90,730.