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LEXINGTON, KY – Jerry Caroom’s Pipeline Girl returns to dirt for her first two-turn test in Friday’s $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
The Alcibiades is a 1 1/16-mile dirt route restricted to 2-year-old fillies that serves as the penultimate event on a 10-race card with a local post time of 5:45 PM. The Alcibiades is also a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, awarding an automatic berth in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar this November.
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Here’s a look at the full field for the Alcibiades:
1. Juju’s Map 5/2 – She nearly won on debut in a 5 1/2-furlong dirt sprint at Ellis Park, then returned to trounce rivals by 5 3/4 lengths in a two-turn mile. The Brad Cox trainee was heavily favored in both starts and will be a short price as Cox’s top jockey Florent Geroux takes the mount for the third time. While she led gate to wire for her victory, she showed in her debut that she could sit off and pass.
“We have always thought highly of her,” Cox said. “I like her a lot … and she has won at a mile.”
2. Miss Interpret 10/1 – She broke her maiden by a head at third asking while sprinting 6 furlongs in the Saratoga mud, then returned to triumph by 1 1/2 lengths over a fast 7 furlongs in the P. G. Johnson Stakes. That was just a field of 4 after the race was rained off the turf, however, and she only tied her career-best Beyer Speed Figure (65). She’ll need to run much faster against these rivals.
3. Sequist 30/1 – She rallied from well off the pace to win her debut by 1 length while sprinting 5 furlongs at Colonial Downs, then broke poorly and charged from last to finish fourth in the 7-furlong Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. The Spinaway winner was equally impressive in last weekend’s Frizette Stakes (G1). With a cleaner break and a closer early trip, she’s a threat in the stretch.
4. Dream Lith 15/1 – She broke her maiden by 2 1/4 lengths when debuting in a 6 1/2-furlong Saratoga sprint and earning a 76 Beyer that gave her connections confidence to try the Spinaway. She was stuck wide throughout and couldn’t muster a kick, so she has plenty of room to improve drawing in the inner half of the field and with the short run into the clubhouse turn. She’s bred for two turns.
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5. Myfavoritedaughter 30/1 – She broke her maiden at third asking by a whopping 25 lengths while running 7 furlongs in the Gulfstream Park slop. That success came against just 3 off-the-turf rivals and she was a late-running fourth in the 7-furlong Del Mar Debutante (G1) in her only start since; that race hasn’t come back too favorably so far. This feels like a wild stab at Grade 1 blacktype.
6. Mama Rina 12/1 – She broke her maiden at second asking in a 1 1/16-mile Ellis Park turf route, then rallied past tiring foes to take second in the 1 1/16-mile Pocahontas Stakes (G3) on the Churchill Downs dirt. The distance shouldn’t be an issue, but her lack of early speed means she’ll need an expert trip from new jockey Julien Leparoux; her prior rider left for her Kenny McPeek stablemate.
7. Matareya 4/1 – Cox’s second runner exits a maiden-breaking debut that she won by 4 1/2 geared-down lengths while sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs at Ellis Park. Six rivals that day have raced since and only one hit the board, finishing second in a $20k maiden claimer, so the quality of that field is suspect, and it’s worth noting that Geroux left her to ride the stablemate on the rail. Still, she’s bred to route.
8. Distinctlypossible 8/1 – Trainer Chad Brown takes a shot with this maiden who finished second by a 1/2-length behind her stablemate while crossing the wire between two rivals who then finished second and third in the Frizette. Her breeding screams two turns (her dam won a Grade 2 dirt race at 9 furlongs) and her debut finishing effort suggests that she’ll love going this far and beyond.
9. Pipeline Girl 20/1 – She broke her maiden by a head on debut in a 6-furlong Churchill Downs dirt sprint while defeating a next-out winner who would later become stakes-placed in a dirt route. She tried turf last time out and set the pace before finishing third in a 6 1/2-furlong Kentucky Downs sprint. Jockey James Graham rides back for the second time and wins 22% for trainer Tom Amoss.
10. Penny Saver 4/1 – She broke her maiden at third asking last time out in a 1 1/16-mile Churchill Downs dirt route, wiring 7 rivals by 9 1/2 lengths and earning an 85 Beyer that tops every rival in this field. Brian Hernandez Jr. stays aboard McPeek’s second runner for the third start after piloting her to a runner-up debut in a 5-furlong Churchill Downs sprint won by a next-out graded stakes champ.
11. Diamond Wow 8/1 – She will reportedly scratch due to the post position and instead target next week’s Jessamine Stakes (G2) on turf.
12. Runup 12/1 – She brings a 2-race win streak into her graded stakes debut after successfully wiring rivals in a 5 1/2-furlong Pimlico sprint and the 1-mile Sorority Stakes routing at Monmouth Park. With this far outside draw and the short run-up to the clubhouse turn, jockey J D Ramos will need to engage her early turn of foot from the get-go if she hopes to cleanly cross over for a front-running trip.
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