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Sunday, August 05, 2012


Alpha Bettor ‘A-OK’ in Seagram Cup


TORONTO, August 4 - Alpha Bettor, at odds of 23-1, put in a sustained stretch run to win the Grade 3, $152,400 Seagram Cup, Saturday at Woodbine.

The Alphabet Soup-Scatter Buy chestnut, trained by Dan Vella for Bulldog Racing, rated off the early pace of Incredicat in the 1 1/16-mile main track event and surged home a half-length winner to take his first added-money event.


Incredicat broke sharply to lead the field through splits of :24.33, :48.71 and 1:12.65, with City Wolf keeping a watchful eye. City Wolf, with Luis Contreras up, bid four-wide through the turn to take the lead, but Alpha Bettor, with a sustained rally, got up in the final jump to take the spoils in a final running time of 1:43.79. City Wolf was four and half lengths clear of third-place James Street.

Tyler Pizarro rode the four-year-old colt with a great deal of confidence, despite a difficult start.

"He broke half a step slow coming out of the gate and Luis (Contreras, City Wolf) came over and made us squeeze back," explained Pizarro. "It made us get to the outside, which ended up being the perfect spot. When you ride for a trainer like Danny (Vella), you have confidence in the horse and you know when you ask him, he's going to take off and he did today."

Vella wasn't surprised by the victory, despite being sent to post as the second-longest shot on the tote board.

"The betting public at Woodbine is very educated and they're usually right on," said Vella. "The odd time, one slips through, and I think he was a little over priced today. He's an overachiever kind of horse, and on the right day, when he lays it right down, he'll beat the good guys."

Alpha Bettor banked $90,000 in victory, improving his record to five wins, three seconds and a third in 17 lifetime starts.

He returned $48.90, $15.50 and $7.10, pairing with City Wolf ($4.40, $4) for a $194.10 (5-7) exactor. A 5-7-4 (James Street, $3.70 to show) triactor was worth $648.60. A $1 5-7-4-1 (Pool Play) superfecta paid $1,064.


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