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Power Alert Breaks Churchill Downs Track Record
Australian bred gelding Power Alert (Alert-Gold Locket, by Lochrae) has broken the track record on one of the biggest days in US racing, Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs. The Alert gelding, bred by Jim Power who retains a share in the horse along with Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland, was sent to America last year after incurring a lifetime ban for bleeding in the Albury Guineas. Power Alert, who won 4 races from 13 starts for Sutherland, including the Wellington Boot, has now won three of his four North American starts highlighted by last Friday's record-breaking win in the Gr3 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (1000m) at the famous Kentucky track. The winning time of 55.17 seconds on the firm track beat the previous record of 55.45 set by Silver Timber in 2010. Former Wagga man and leading US trainer Brian Lynch is now in charge of preparing the 4YO, who is deemed a 5YO according to northern hemisphere time. Sutherland was thrilled Power Alert was able to show just how good he is on the big stage. "When he bled for the second time at Albury, I said to Jim that we had to take the gamble and send him to the US," Sutherland said. "I knew how good he was. We did everything we could to manage his bleeding within the rules, but you can do a lot more for them (racing on Lasix, etc) in the US. It's certainly paid off." Power Alert's dam, Gold Locket, is owned by Power and is currently in foal to Kooringal Stud stallion Shrapnel.