02/06/2016 5:53PM

Power Alert, Leparoux resume winning combination

Barbara D. Livingston
Power Alert's time winning the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint was 57.74 seconds. His time was .39 faster than Lady Shipman's winning time in the Ladies' Turf Sprint Stakes, earlier in the day at Gulfstream.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Power Alert reunited with his favorite rider, Julien Leparoux, and the combination clicked again when pairing up for a neck decision over Amelia’s Wild Ride in Saturday’s $75,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint.

Leparoux rode Power Alert four times in 2015. They won three of those races, including the Grade 3 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint on Kentucky Derby day. After Power Alert lost his three subsequent starts with three different riders aboard (twice as the favorite), trainer Bryan Lynch reached out to Leparoux once again.

Power Alert broke alertly and rated in perfect striking position under Leparoux, just off the pace of Bold Thunder. Power Alert took control in early stretch, edged clear then withstood the final surge of both Amelia’s Wild Ride and Night Officer.  Pure Sensation, the 3-2 favorite, forced the early issue from the inside and gradually weakened. He finished fifth in a field of 13 turf sprint specialists.

Power Alert, a 6-year-old son of Alert, is owned in partnership by Lynch and the A J Suited Racing Stable. His final time for five furlongs was 57.74 over a course officially listed as firm, though appeared closer to good. Power Alert’s time was .39 seconds faster than Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runner-up Lady Shipman’s time in the Ladies’ Turf Sprint Stakes earlier in the day at Gulfstream.

Power Alert paid $7.20.

“It’s nice to get him back on track,” trainer Bryan Lynch said. “I thought it was a pretty decent field today. We’ll give him a break now and point him to the Shakertown. He’s a bad bleeder so we put him away for the summer. I prefer winter and spring racing, there’s enough of those races around where he can be effective, and then we can put him away for the summer. He needed his first race back at Tampa. We didn’t really try to crank him up, although the winner would have been very tough to beat that day whether you were on your game or not.”