Karibu Gardens flourishes in G2 Sky Classic
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Karibu Gardens flourishes in G2 Sky Classic
Karibu Gardens made his stakes debut in the $200,000 Sky Classic S. (G2) Saturday at Woodbine, and the 4-year-old Flower Alley colt made the most of the opportunity, rallying from just off the pace to snatch the victory by three-quarters of a length.

The Eugene Melnyk homebred became the second new stakes winner of the past nine days for Flower Alley, while bringing his record to four wins in eight lifetime starts and earnings of $212,731.

Karibu Gardens, who was in fourth just a couple lengths off the pace for the first six furlongs, rallied three-wide into the turn to put away the pacesetter Reporting Star. Karibu Gardens covered 1 1/4-miles in 2:02.46 on the firm turf.

"I had a perfect trip on the outside watching everybody and keeping my horse in the race," said winning jockey Luis Contreras. "When I asked him to go, he gave me a good kick."

Flower Alley, who stood the 2014 season at Three Chimneys for $7,500 live foal, now has six stakes winners, 12 stakes horses on the year. He has sired 14 stakes winners, seven Graded winners in his first three crops, led by Eclipse Champion I'll Have Another.

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