03/12/2016 8:18PM

Power Alert continues winning ways in Silks Run

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Power Alert has enough left for victory in the Silks Run at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Power Alert continued his mastery over arch rival Amelia's Wild Ride, holding that one off through the final furlong to register a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Silks Run Stakes. The result marked the fourth time in as many meetings that Power Alert and Amelia's Wild Ride have finished one-two in that order and the second time in the Silks Run.

Luis Saez became the fourth different jockey to ride Power Alert in his last four starts. Saez put the Australian-bred in perfect position to defend his title in the Silks Run, stalking the early pace of Do the Roar. Power Alert, now undefeated in four starts over the local course, assumed command on the turn, edged clear into the stretch, and had enough left to withstand Amelia's Wild Ride. The latter got shuffled back a bit in the run down the backstretch, advanced to closer contention on the turn, angled out for the drive, finished willingly but was second best again. Do the Roar gradually weakened, finishing third, another 2 1/2 lengths behind Amelia's Wild Ride.

Power Alert completed five furlongs over a firm course in 54.83 and paid $5.00. The winner is trained by Bryan Lynch, who also owns a share of Power Alert along with A J Suited Racing Stable LLC.  Lynch was not on hand for the victory. He was at Tampa Bay Downs where he won the Florida Oaks with Baciarni PIccola.

"He's a machine, he can really run," said Saez after having the opportunity to ride Power Alert for the first time Saturday.

Miss Matzoball scores upset in Captiva Island

While the favorites ran first and second in the Silks Run, Miss Matzoball sprung an upset in its filly counterpart, the $75,000 Captiva Island, finishing strongly to run down Katie’s Kiss to register a half length triumph in her stakes debut.

With Edgar Zayas aboard, Miss Matzoball was bumped at the break, recovered to race within striking distance early, angled out for clearance at mid-stretch, and finished with good energy to be along in time. Katie’s Kiss forced the pace, slipped inside the leaders to move clearer on the final turn but was no match for the winner. Jewel of the Cat, the 6-5 favorite, was forced wide while prompting the issue nearing the stretch and could not recover but did run on willingly to finish another length and one half further back in third.

Miss Matzoball, a 4-year-old New York bred daughter of Smoke Glacken, is trained by Roy Lerman for the Masie Stable. Her final time of 54.62 seconds was .21 faster than Power Alert covered the same five furlongs winning the Silks Run. She paid $20.20.