Only one of the 11 juvenile fillies entered in today’s Grade I Alcibiades at a distance of 1 1/16th miles over the Keeneland dirt has ever been two turns. And guess what. She’s done it twice.
Godolphin’s Micheline for Michael Stidham comes off a win at Monmouth in the Sorority at a mile on the grass. In fact, both prior starts have been on the lawn. So right off the bat, you need to address the surface issue. Dirt might not be her thing. But Stidham does relatively well with the turf-to-dirt angle, and note we also have a first Lasix situation here. With the route experience under her belt, and with the TimeFormUS pace numbers suggesting she might be the best late mover in a field with plenty of speed signed on, 8-1 looks awfully juicy.
In the next race, Brad Cox sends out another Godolphin runner in 10-Across. That one lost as the favorite at Indiana Grand, but picks up Flo here and should be one to contend with late. I also like 3-Meritaten for Al Stall, making the first attempt at a route after being well-bet in the first two going short.