Alabama Stakes


Two of the top sophomores in training will travel 10 furlongs at Saratoga on Saturday to contest the $500,000 Alabama S. (G1). Four-time Grade 1 heroine and leading filly Blind Luck looks like the one to beat for West Coast shipper Jerry Hollendorfer off the strength of her consistency and brilliance. The Kentucky Oaks (G1) queen has never put in a bad effort and is perfect on dirt, and should also appreciate the added ground in this fine event.

Dual Grade 1 lass Devil May Care has won two straight since trying the boys in the Kentucky Derby (G1) for Todd Pletcher, and the impressive daughter of Malibu Moon seems poised for a top showing. A winner in a local prep for this when clearly best, the classy miss will be a handful with her best. Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2) vixen Acting Happy also had a useful prep for this and shouldn't be overlooked for conditioner Richard Dutrow. Third in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) last out, the lightly raced daughter of Empire Maker has reportedly trained well and is another who should love this trip. Havre de Grace, a very close second in the Delaware Oaks (G2) and Connie and Michael, runner-up in the Mother Goose S. (G1), are also expected for this dynamite feature.

The spotlight event on Sunday is the $150,000 Lake Placid S. (G2) for sophomore fillies on the lawn.