HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - What Little Dreams Racing's Little Alexis lacked in experience she more than made up for in talent when she drove past 10 other 3-year-old fillies to win the $75,000 Cash Run Stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Little Alexis, whose only previous race was Feb. 9 when she broke her maiden going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Gulfstream, covered a 'good' 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track in 1:17.19 to give Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado his fourth winner on the program.
"For her to run like this right off the bench...it tells you something about her," said trainer Carlo Vaccarezza. "She run huge."
Breaking last from the gate, Prado saved ground along the inside while Boheme de Lavi was pressed through early fractions of 22:01 and :44.78 by Flutterby. Approaching the eight pole, Prado drove Little Alexis to the lead to win by three-quarters of a length over Nesso. Florida Sun was third. Scandalous Act, who swept the Florida Stallion Stakes last summer, finished eighth.
"She broke OK and I just waited until the horses in front of me got tired," Prado said. "She ran a nice race."
Little Alexis, who was sidelined over the winter by a stone bruise, was purchased by Vaccarezza for $32,000. "I liked her breeding and she's built like a boy," Vaccarezza said. "I'm not sure what we'll do next. Saratoga? Maybe."