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Baker's dozen set for Alcibiades
Keeneland kicks off its 2013 fall race meet on Friday and the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades will feature a field of 13 two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
The Alcibiades is part of the "Prep Season" portion of the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the first four finishers.
The Alcibiades is led by My Conquestadory, who made a remarkable debut against males in the September 14 Summer at Woodbine. Seizing control at the top of the stretch in the one-mile grass test, the daughter of Artie Schiller drew off to a 3 1/4-length victory under the mildest of encouragement from jockey Eurico da Silva.
Another coming off a win against the boys is Richies Party Girl, who held on by a nose in a recent turf allowance at Churchill Downs for trainer Wesley Ward. The filly has won two of four starts, with one of her setbacks coming in a Group 3 at Deauville in France.
The top three finishers from the September 7 Arlington-Washington Lassie -- She's Offlee Good, Sweetsoutherndame, and Maria Maria -- renew acquaintances while stretching out around two turns for the first time. She's Offlee Good enters undefeated in two starts, while Sweetsoutherndame, who breaks from post 3, should be able to avoid a wide trip similar to the one she endured at Arlington. Maria Maria, the beaten favorite in the Lassie, ran well in defeat and figures as a major player again.
Who's in Town, who edged Designer Legs by a neck in the August 11 Adirondack at Saratoga only to be disqualified to fourth for interference, will again face that rival, who subsequently finished a distant fifth in the Spinaway over a sloppy track. Also expected to attract play is the Ken McPeek-trained Rosalind, a debut winner on grass at Ellis Park who ran a solid third in the Pocahontas at Churchill Downs last time.
The field is completed by Personal Diary, Battlefield Angel, Lil Honey Badger, Harlan's Special, and Russian Night.