OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes will be run this Friday, October 6 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. A purse of $400,000 and an automatic berth into the 2017 $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies will be on the line for two-year-old fillies willing to saddle up and go 1 1/16 miles on Keeneland's dirt track.
A strong field of 10 have been confirmed for the Darley Alcibiades - race 9 on Keeneland's Opening Day Friday schedule. Post time is 5:30 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all 10 entries for this intriguing G1 stakes - a "Win and You're In" race for the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
2017 Darley Alcibiades Stakes Entries at Keeneland Racecourse
Bet She Wins 7-2
Chris Block trained filly has three career starts with two wins and a third-place finish all at Arlington. She arrives off a dominant 9 1/2 length win in the listed Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes September 9 which followed a maiden score August 26 and a third in her debut August 6. Bet She Wins has been impressive, particularly in her last two starts and hopes to be again Friday. Jose Valdivia is scheduled to ride the tepid morning line favorite from gate 6.
Heavenly Love 4-1
Mark Casse trained filly has one win and a second-place finish in her two career starts. She steps into stakes company for the first time Friday off an impressive five length maiden score at Kentucky Downs September 7 after a third in her debut at Gulfstream Park June 24. Heavenly Love has shown improvement so far, has been tearing it up in training, and tries to keep it going Friday with Julien Leparoux in the irons of the co-second choice from post 9.
Princess Warrior 4-1
Will hit the track for the second time for trainer Kenneth McPeek looking to remain undefeated. Her first start was a good maiden score with a field-best 94 BRIS Speed Rating at Churchill Downs September 16. Princess Warrior was good her only time out and hopes to be again Friday with Brian Joseph Hernandez guiding the other second betting choice from the rail.
Kelly's Humor 5-1
Has three career starts for trainer Brad Cox with two wins and a second-place finish. Last time out was a very respectable second in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs September 16 which followed a good win in the minor Ellis Park Debutante Stakes August 20 and a 2 3/4 length maiden score at first asking at Ellis Park July 23. Kelly's Humor has been competitive every time out and hopes to be again Friday with Javier Castellano in the irons from post 7.
Pacific Gale 5-1
John Kimmel trained filly has two wins in her three career starts. Last time out was a nice 3 1/4 length win in the minor Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park September 2 after an underwhelming graded stakes debut - a sixth in the G3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga July 21 and a gate-to-wire maiden score at first asking - on this track June 29. Pacific Gale has been impressive against lesser company, not so much against top fields and hopes to change all of that Sunday. Jockey Christopher DeCarlo rides from gate 2.
Sassy Sienna 6-1
Has two career starts for trainer Brad Cox with a win and a third-place finish. She races in graded stakes company for the first time Friday off an OK third in the listed PF Johnson Stakes at Saratoga August 31 and a maiden score at first asking at Indiana Grand July 19. Luis Saez will try to get Sassy Sienna a first stakes score Friday from the outside gate 10.
Mark Casse trained filly has a second and a third-place finish in three career starts. She steps into stakes company for the first time Friday off a fourth after a troubled trip in a MSW at Churchill Downs September 15, a second in a similar race at Saratoga July 30 and a third in her debut - at Churchill Downs June 29. Dancing steps up in so-so form and will have Manuel Franco aboard from gate 8.
Over Thinking 12-1
Victoria Oliver trained filly has one win in her two career starts - that coming last time out at Kentucky Downs September 7. She was ninth in her debut - at Ellis Park August 20. Over Thinking wasn't all that impressive first time out but she stepped up her game last time. She tries to make it two straight wins in her enormous step up in competition from post 5. Jon Kenton Court gets the call.
Caroline the Great 20-1
Has four career starts for trainer Tracey Glover with one and a second-place finish. Last time out was an OK second in the minor Happy Ticket Stakes at Louisiana Downs September 9 after a couple of disappointing results - a seventh in the minor Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star July 22 and a tenth in the listed Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs June 30. She posted a win at first asking at Lone Star June 11. Caroline the Great has been a tad inconsistent so far and hopes for a first stakes score in her fourth try with Robby Albarado in the reins from post 3.
Arabella Bella 30-1
Mikhail Yanakov trained filly has six career starts with one win, two seconds and a third-place finish. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a sixth in the minor Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Kentucky Downs September 6 which followed a maiden score at Arlington and a second, a third and another second respectively in a trio of MSW races in the summer. Arabella Bella has been OK in his career and hopes for a major breakthrough from gate 4 Friday. Shaun Bridgmohan will be in the saddle.
||Brian Hernandez, Jr.
||Caroline the Great
||Bet She Wins
||Jose Valdivia, Jr.