Alvarado won four races on Sunday’s card at Aqueduct Racetrack, completing the
quad in the afternoon’s feature race, the $65,000 Damon Runyon for New York-bred
2-year-olds, aboard Swag Daddy.
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese
In the Damon Runyon, Swag Daddy
raced in last behind a tightly packed field, swung four-wide into the stretch
and surged late to win by a head.
“He broke a little bit slow and I
just tried to save ground the first part,” said Alvarado. “It was a long race,
and I wanted to save ground, but at the same time, I had to go outside because
they told me that the horse doesn’t like to be inside too much. By the half-mile
pole, everybody was all packed right there and I had to wait a little bit longer
to go back and then make a move. He could have won the race more easily if I’d
had a better trip and a better position, but he still ran an unbelievable
Swag Daddy, a son of Scat Daddy,
returned $5.50 and completed a mile and 70 yards in 1:43.90, earning $39,000 for
owner Eric Fein.
Alvarado also captured the Sunday
opener aboard Hoopskirt ($4.10), Race 5 aboard Cass’ Lady ($6.60) and Race 7
aboard American Buffalo ($6.70).
In the nightcap, a 1 1/16-mile
turf maiden race for New York-bred fillies and mares, jockey Jorge Chavez was
unseated when his mount, Silver Mast, fell turning for home. Chavez was
transported to North Shore University Hospital in stable condition
complaining of left shoulder pain, according to NYRA First Aid. Silver Mast
stood after the incident and was walked off the track.