05/23/2009 12:00AM

Run It wins first stakes


ALBANY, Calif. - Run It scored his second straight turf win, sitting just off Winning Vow's slow pace before pulling clear in the stretch to win the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday.

Run It finished seventh in his only other stakes try, the Gold Rush Stakes last December. He won a first-level allowance race on the turf in his last start on April 12.

With Feisty Suances, the only speed in the race scratched because of heat discovered in a foot, Winning Vow took the lead despite tepid fractions of 25.48, 50.82 and 1:15.26. Run It sat just behind him, taking over as he moved three wide into the stretch.

Jockey Chad Schvaneveldt kept after him all the way down the lane as the colt defeated Arden Park by a length as that one edged odds-on favorite Massone by a nose for second. Winning time in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds was 1:46.20. Run It paid $16.40 to win.

"After the first turn, he settled a bit, and that helped a lot," Schvaneveldt said. "When I asked him, he kicked on."

Winning trainer Dennis Patterson said the homebred Mercedes Stable colt by Cherokee Run had shown recent improvement.

"This race came up just right because in the past two or three weeks, he really turned it around. He became a lot more aggressive."

The win, worth $45,000, was the fourth in 11 starts for Run It, who has now earned $109,309.