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Broadway's Alibi performs up to par in Comely
E. Paul Robsham Stables' homebred Broadway's Alibi ran to her even-money odds on Saturday when wiring the Grade 3, $250,000 Comely Stakes at Aqueduct by 3 1/2 lengths. The Todd Pletcher trainee took the lead soon after the start and set splits of :23 3/5, :47 1/5 and 1:11 3/5 before finishing up a mile on the fast main track in 1:36 2/5 under jockey Javier Castellano.
"I wanted to make a gradual stretch out, so we were pleased," Pletcher said. "(As for trying two turns in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks), I don't know yet. We'll take her back to Palm Meadows tomorrow and see how she trains. She was kind enough today to step up to a mile. It's encouraging, but we'll just play it by ear and see.
"There are a lot of nice races like the (Grade 1) Acorn (at Belmont Park on May 28), the (Grade 1) Prioress (on August 4 at Saratoga), the (Grade 1) Test (at Saratoga on August 25), so we have to think about it a little bit."
Singlet broke running and sprinted to the front when the gates opened, but Broadway's Alibi quickly scooted through on the inside to take command heading in to the backstretch. Singlet took up position to her outside, while Millionreasonswhy tracked in third on the rail just in behind and to the inside of Welcome Guest. The quartet maintained those positions throughout the backstretch.
Nearing the turn, Welcome Guest ranged up to the outside of Singlet while Millionreasonswhy was still waiting for running room. In the end it didn't matter as Broadway's Alibi kept motoring in the lane to easily draw off from her rivals. She returned $4.30, $2.90 and $2.10.
"I was the only pace-maker in the race. I wanted to do my own thing," Castellano explained. "I took advantage and broke out of the gate. If they put pressure on, there's nothing I could do. I was much the best in the field. When I asked her, she took off and did it the right way today."
Welcome Guest finally passed Singlet to take second, with Millionreasonswhy another 1 1/2 lengths back in third.
"Terrific effort coming off a maiden win," trainer Chad Brown praised Welcome Guest. "She acted really professional in the paddock, she warmed up beautifully, and she acted good in the race. I'm anxious to get her around two turns when I can. We've been gradually stretching her out and it's a nice progression to a one-turn mile. But I'd like to get her around two turns next time. First, we'll see how she comes out of the race, and go from there."
Singlet completed the superfecta while longshots Nuffsaid Nuffsaid and Bourbonstreetgirl finished out the order under the wire after Off Limits was withdrawn.
Broadway's Alibi entered the Comely off a scintillating 16 3/4-length triumph in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes going seven furlongs over the sloppy, sealed track at Gulfstream Park on January 29. Before that, the daughter of Vindication closed out her juvenile campaign with a five-length romp against optional claiming rivals at Gulfstream in mid-December, and posted a seven-length victory to break her maiden in her second career try at Delaware Park last September.
The Kentucky-bred dark bay improved her career line to to read 4-1-0 from five starts and nearly doubled her earnings to $339,500.
Broadway's Alibi is out of the stakes-winning Seeking the Gold mare Broadway Gold, whose second registered foal, the stakes-scoring R Gypsy Gold, ran third in last year's Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes and finished a head second in the Wayward Lass Stakes in March. Broadway Gold is a half-sibling to last season's Grade 1 Florida Derby hero Dialed In, with that pair produced by Grade 2-placed Miss Doolittle.
Eliza, the 1992 champion two-year-old filly and second in the next year's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, is the third dam of Broadway's Alibi and claims as a half-brother Grade 1 scorer Dinard.