SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bourbon Lane Stable and Michael McMahon’s La Reine Bourbon turned in one of the better performances by a 2-year-old this Saratoga meet on Sunday, winning the second race impressively under Junior Alvarado.

Alvarado rated the daughter of Leroidesanimaux third for much of the 1 1/16-mile turf race. He then found room to come up the rail in the stretch, and the filly made a decisive move to take the lead. She continued on until about the final 50 yards, when Alvarado eased up on her. She won her initial race by 2 1/4 lengths in 1 minute, 42.36 seconds.

“She’s been training really well, and Junior came out to breeze her a couple times, even before the meet started,” winning trainer Chad Brown said. “I think it really helped. He liked her, so I gave him the mount and he came through on her.

“She acted like a pro,” Brown added. “Even in the paddock she acted like she’d been there before; that’s a good sign with a baby. To go inside and rate, she did everything right.”

After Brown sees how the horse comes out of Sunday’s race, he would consider her for the $100,000 P.G. Johnson here on Aug. 28.

Written by: Will Springstead
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