FORT ERIE -- Three weeks ago, Alezzandro led for all but the last few strides of the Queen's Plate. He wasn't going to let that happen again yesterday.
Making only his fourth career start, the three-year-old son of High Yield was perfect in winning the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack.
Starting from the outside post in the six-horse field as the 7-2 co-third wagering choice, Alezzandro went straight to the front and led by at least two lengths throughout the 13/16-mile race, holding that margin at the wire over 9-5 favourite Jiggs Coz.
"The way he ran today and lowered his back turning for home, I said 'wow'," jockey Todd Kabel said. "He showed his potential today."
Trainer Kevin Attard got his colt ready for the Prince of Wales last Sunday by giving him a five-furlong workout in a sharp 59 1/5 seconds. He returned the colt to Fort Erie on Friday to further acclimatize him.
"He shipped well and really took to the track," Attard said. "I expected him to improve off that last race and he put it all together."
"It was a perfect ride. You couldn't ask for anything better."
Bred and owned by Knob Hill Stables, the racing operation of the late Steve Stavro, Alezzandro did not race as a two-year-old as he was not fully developed as a racehorse. He broke his maiden in his initial race in May and showed potential with a third-place finish in the Plate Trial before his runner-up finish in the Plate.
Next stop for Alezzandro likely will be the third leg of the Canadian triple crown, the Aug. 5 Breeders Stakes.
Having raced well both on Polytrack and dirt, Attard feels he can take to the turf as well.
"I think he'll take to the turf," he said.
"He's got a stride that will handle the grass."
Jiggs Coz may have been the hard-luck horse in the race as he was squeezed back at the start, forcing jockey David Clark to change from a stalking trip to sitting last and making one big run around the final turn.
Daaher, who once again took a lot of betting support closing as the 3-1 second-choice, raced wide throughout and ended third. Plate winner Mike Fox could not duplicate his stretch kick and finished fourth.
Marchfield never threatened and ended fifth.
Longshot Poachers Moon ended sixth.