Arson Squad Defeats Solid Alysheba Field

Jay Em Ess Stable’s Arson Squad took over at the top of the lane and bounded home for his second straight graded stakes score in the $169,650 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) April 30 at Churchill Downs.

The millionaire gelded son of Brahms seems to be getting better with age, as he has hit the board in all four starts during his 7-year-old campaign. He defeated a solid group of older horses in the 1 1/16-mile Alysheba for the sixth stakes win of his 27-start career.

Former Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starters Chocolate Candy, Friesan Fire, and Flying Private, as well as grade I winners Bullsbay and Macho Again went to post in the Alysheba, which carried a field of nine. Friesan Fire set the early pace under Shaun Bridgmohan, taking them through reasonable splits of :24.86, :48.95 and 1:12.54 with Enriched pressing the pace. Cool Coal Man was never far back in third, while Arson Squad took a perfect stalking position in fourth under Paco Lopez.

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