08/14/2016 8:05AM

Prados Way charges to victory in Manzano

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Prados Way notched his second straight win with Saturday's Manzano victory.

Prados Way improved his career record to 2 for 2 Saturday night when he swept to a 4 3/4-length win in the $50,000 Manzano at the Downs at Albuquerque.

The start followed a 5 1/4-length maiden special-weight win last month at Lone Star Park. 

El Tule finished second in the Manzano, a length and a quarter clear of third-place finisher Stem the Tide.

Prados Way ($3.80) had just one horse beat in the early going Saturday, as El Tule took the field through fractions of 22.07 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.49 for the half-mile. Prados Way advanced, overtook the leader in the stretch, and went on to cover six furlongs on fast track in 1:10.09.

“He’s a nice horse, and I think he has a lot of potential,” winning rider Alfredo Juarez Jr., told the publicity department at the Downs at Albuquerque.

Steve Asmussen trains Prados Way for his breeder and owner, Kathryn East. The horse earned $30,000 for the win. He is a son of Tizway and he was bred in Kentucky.

In the opener, Mexican Pharoah, a 3-year-old filly bred in New Mexico, was a 5 1/2-length debut winner of a maiden special-weight at seven furlongs. She paid $5.80. Bart Hone trains for breeder-owner Brian Mundell.

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