And such a prestigious event, too, this Grade 1 Alcibiades for juvenile fillies going 1-1/16 miles and many of those that came before, add luster to this traditional Keeneland Fall lid-lifter.
Perfect Alibi (5-2) is certainly the worthy early line favorite and the race’s most likely winner, given she’s 3-for-4 lifetime, a multiple graded winner and the speedy dynamics suit her rallying style.
But she’s one of a half dozen in here that could punch their ticket to Santa Anita next month. Those of interest are an eclectic bunch, with promise and price in the offing.
One price shot is Three D Flag (20-1) who flashed excellent speed following a tardy break from the rail and showed great grit, coming back again on the fence to beat the odds-on favorite, who returned to break her maiden next out. Asmussen taps main man Santana and is well posted.
Alandra (5-1) could be anything and could be half her early line ante post. Regally bred, she impressed breaking maiden on debut going seven furlongs and that pedigree will go aw far as they write races. Rosario re-rides.
But Micheline (8-1) seems to have class and more upside going turf to dirt with the proper pedigree–dirt and long–and was classy enough to break maiden in Monmouth’s Sorority with some authority despite racing greenly. Filly goes first-Lasix here, a 25% profitable Michael Stidham maneuver.
We’re taking Micheline to win at 6-1 or greater, key-boxing exactas with Alandra and Perfect Alibi, and adding Three D Flag and Sequin (12-1), going turf to dirt and working rapidly over the surface for Wesley Ward.
YESTERDAY: Our choice was scratched after turf race was rescheduled to the dirt.