Keeneland Notes: Perfect Alibi Set To Tackle G1 Alcibiades Stakes This Friday

(Perfect Alibi wins the Spinaway Stakes and now heads to Keeneland for the G1 Alcibiades / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

Tracy Farmer’s Spinaway (G1) winner Perfect Alibi heads a field of 11 2-year-old fillies entered Tuesday for Friday’s 68th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) on the first day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet.

Contested at 1 1/16 miles over the main track, the Darley Alcibiades is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race with the winner earning a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

The centerpiece of the opening program of the 17-day Fall Meet that runs through Oct. 26, the Darley Alcibiades will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race card with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by three-time race winner Mark Casse, Perfect Alibi debuted May 16 at Churchill Downs where she romped to a 9½-length victory going 5 furlongs. Following a runner-up effort in the Astoria at Belmont Park, Perfect Alibi swept the Adirondack (G2) and Spinaway at Saratoga.

Jose Ortiz has the call Friday and will break from post position seven.

The field for the Darley Alcibiades, from the rail out with riders, is: Gone Glimmering (James Graham), Three D Flag (Ricardo Santana Jr.), Spitefulness (Tyler Baze), Alandra (Joel Rosario), Micheline (Brian Hernandez Jr.), British Idiom (Javier Castellano), Perfect Alibi (Ortiz), Heir ofLight (Julien Leparoux), Sequin (Tyler Gaffalione), Western Taffy (Florent Geroux), HowIronic (Corey Lanerie). All starters will carry 118 pounds.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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