FARMINGTON – In a virtuoso performance at SunRay Park and Casino, Rachel Marzak's Alsono made short work of his six rivals, winning the $33,900 Marathon Handicap under jockey Ry Eikleberry on Friday
Masterfully handled by the journeyman rider, Alsono stalked pacesetting Tty From Mr Pye down the backstretch in the 870-yard affair. Midway around the far turn, Eikleberry let Alsono loose, immediately taking the lead as the field turned for home.
"A winning move like that is easy when you have that much horse underneath you," Eikleberry said.
Alsono pulled ahead to win and stop the clock with a final time of 44.74 seconds, scoring by 4 lengths as the 2-to-5 post-time favorite.
Trainer Justin Evans, who also saddled runner-up Caminetto, is coming off a spectacular season as the leading thoroughbred trainer at the recently completed Sunland Park season and appears well on his way to another training championship.
"My team has done such a great job managing the barns at both tracks," Evans said. "It's a team effort with my family and we're fortunate to have such a good team."
Alsono, a 10-time winner from 23 career starts, earned $20,340 with the win, bringing his career earnings to nearly $330,000. He returned $2.80 to his winning investors.
After a slow break, Caminetto came on late, just out nodding Tty From Mr Pye.
Fire Thorn, Kingsbury, Colosso and Ocean Smoke rounded out the order of the finish.
Live racing resumes today at SunRay Park and Casino with a mixed program of quarter horses and thoroughbreds. The live card begins at 1:15 p.m. with live simulcasting of the Kentucky Derby program from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
The Kentucky Derby has an approximate post time of 4:40 p.m.
Steve Bortstein hosts "First Sports" and "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 AM and 93.9 FM and on iHeartRadio. He serves as paddock show host at SunRay Park & Casino and is a voting member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.