11-time stakes win­ner Alsvid re­tired at 8

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Mary Ram­pellini

Alsvid, the mil­lion­aire sprinter who won his 8-year-old de­but last month at Oak­lawn, has been re­tired, trainer Chris Hart­man said Tues­day. The geld­ing will be sent to the Elk City, Okla., farm of own­ers Jim and Jo Brenda Rogers.

Alsvid won 11 stakes dur­ing his ca­reer, at Churchill Downs, Oak­lawn, Prairie Mead­ows, Rem­ing­ton Park, and Zia.

“We had a lot of good times,” Hart­man said. “He took us to a lot of places and it was a lot of fun, but all rides come to an end.”

Hart­man said Alsvid was re­tired fol­low­ing a Feb. 11 work at Oak­lawn. He was pre­par­ing for a start in next month’s Hot Springs Stakes at Oak­lawn.

“Af­ter we worked him the other day he came back and he wasn’t 100 per­cent,” Hart­man said. “I called the own­ers, and we de­cided to re­tire him. He has done enough. He’s been awe­some.”

The Rogerses pur­chased Alsvid for $55,000 as a 2-yearold in train­ing, and he went on to win 16 of 47 starts and $1.3 mil­lion. He could be a rid­ing horse for the Rogers fam­ily, Hart­man said.

“They pur­chased him out of the sale, and I be­lieve he pretty much paid for the farm,” Hart­man said. “He’s got his own lit­tle ranch to roam around. He’s re­tir­ing to his own place.”

Alsvid won the Grade 3 Aris­tides at Churchill Downs twice and also cap­tured the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Hand­i­cap at Oak­lawn.

Texas Chrome back at Oak­lawn

Texas Chrome, win­ner of last year’s Su­per Derby and Ok­la­homa Derby, was fresh­ened af­ter the Breed­ers’ Cup and re­turned to the Oak­lawn barn of trainer J.R. Cald­well on Sun­day. He went to the track Mon­day.

“We’re shoot­ing for a race at the end of the Oak­lawn meet,” said Cald­well, who trains Texas Chrome for Keene Thor­ough­breds. “If every­thing falls to­gether, we’ll look at some­thing at the end of the meet.”

Texas Chrome ben­e­fited from the time off, Cald­well said.

“He’s big­ger, he’s stronger,” Cald­well said. “He’s put on a lot of mus­cle. He re­ally grew up. He’s come back very good.”

Texas Chrome has been named the 2016 Texas Horse of the Year by the Texas Thor­ough­bred As­so­ci­a­tion.

Money Flows eyes Maxxam

Money Flows, who im­proved his record to 4 for 8 with a re­cent al­lowance win at Fair Grounds, is be­ing pointed to the $100,000 Maxxxam Gold Cup at Sam Hous­ton, trainer Al Stall Jr. said. The Maxxam, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, runs Feb. 25.

“It will be his first time in a stakes race,” Stall said.

Money Flows has never run worse than third in his ca­reer. He races for Columbine Sta­ble.

Evan­ge­line Mile set for June 3

Evan­ge­line Downs an­nounced its stakes sched­ule Wed­nes­day, and the high­light of the meet will again be the $100,000 Evan­ge­line Mile. The race for 3-yearolds and up on the main track will be run June 3.

Evan­ge­line will race 84 dates, from April 12 through Sept. 2.

The Evan­ge­line Mile will be sup­ported by a pair of $50,000 stakes, the Need For Speed for 3-year-olds and up at five fur­longs on the grass, and the Lafayette, a seven-fur­long race for 3-year-olds bred in Louisiana.

Other high­lights on the stakes sched­ule in­clude the Louisiana Le­gends Night pro­gram of eight di­vi­sional stakes re­stricted to horses bred in the state. Purses for those races will to­tal $750,000.

Sun­land Derby pop­u­lar

The Grade 3, $800,000 Sun­land Park Derby, which is back af­ter a one-year hia­tus, drew 458 nom­i­na­tions. The 1 1/8-mile race will be run March 26.

The Sun­land Park Derby was not run last year due to an out­break of equine her­pesvirus at the New Mex­ico track. The race was re­placed with a $400,000 route for 3-year-olds. The track also will run the $200,000 Sun­land Park Oaks on March 26.

◗ Track an­nouncer Vic Stauf­fer will be the guest for the first Dawn at Oak­lawn pro­gram of the sea­son Satur­day. Nancy Ury-Holthus hosts the pro­gram from the track apron. It runs from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and in­cludes barn tours. The free event is spon­sored by We­strock Cof­fee.

CHURCHILL DOWNS/COADY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Alsvid won 16 of 47 starts and earned $1.3 mil­lion.

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