Junior Alvarado grew up in the United States

Venezuelan rider Junior Alvarado continues to collect selective victories at the most important racetracks in the United States.

On this occasion, the Creole whip excelled in driving Battendown in the Ohio Stakes, held as a central test last weekend at Thistledown, a track in North Randall County, Ohio, with a prize of $500,000 and a distance of 1800 metres.

Alvarado led through the opening meters of the match to post splits of 22.86 for the first 400 meters and 46.62 was the best for the half mile, always with the gray presented by Bill Moppett in excellent conditions, dominating Gold Goal who was trying to pressure him from second with the copper tax, with Also Creole José Torrealba.

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Entering the final stretch Battendown left 1:11.20 over the 1200m and broke away from his rivals to win in a time of 1:50.20 over the 1800m after crossing the mile in 1:37.22.

Batten Down is a Moroccan son of the proven stallion Tabet in close openings, by First Defence, who took his second prize in five shows.

For Alvarado, it was his 49th win of the year and 2,139th lifetime win on American circuits, where he is one of the most successful Venezuelans.

Nine entrants go to Stephen Foster Stakes

On Saturday, June 29, the 1800m Stephen Foster Stakes (Grade 1) will be run at Churchill Downs Racecourse, a test that has $1 million to hand out as nine horses answered the call.

The eclectic selection will feature: Pyreness (Brian Hernández Jr.), First Mission (Florent Geroux), Happy American (Corey J. Lanerie), Disarm (Joel Rosario), Dreamlike (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Classic Causeway (Julian). R. Leparoux), Kingsbarns (Luis Sáez), Steal Sunshine (Paco López) and Skippylongstocking (José Luis Ortiz) complete the group.

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