09/08/2013 7:41PM

Zia Park: Alsvid by a length in Premiere Cup Handicap

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Alsvid and jockey Ken Tohill win the Premiere Cup Handicap by a length Sunday at Zia Park.

Alsvid came into the $100,000 Premiere Cup Handicap at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., on Sunday off a 16-length allowance win for which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 109. He backed up that performance in the Premier, winning the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up in a sizzling 1:07.99.

The race was the first stakes of the Zia Park meet that opened Saturday.

Alsvid ($2.60) rallied from third for a one-length win over Warren’s Knockout. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Safe Trip in third.

Alsvid, who last raced at Prairie Meadows, was prominent from the start Sunday, as City Sage set a pressured pace of 21.82 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.18 for the half-mile. Alsvid rallied through five furlongs in 55.90 seconds before winning in a time that was less than a second off the track record of 1:07.

Ken Tohill rode Alsvid for Black Hawk Stable and trainer Chris Hartman.

Alsvid won his sixth career stakes race in the Premiere Cup. He has won 9 of 17 starts and $501,715. Alsvid is a 4-year-old by Officer who was bred in Kentucky by Yanagawa Stud.