LEXINGTON, Ky. (Keeneland) – Heider Family Stables’ undefeated Thoughtfully headlines a field of seven 2-year-old fillies entered Tuesday for Friday’s 69th running of the $350,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
The Darley Alcibiades is one of 10 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races in the coming days at Keeneland that will award the winners fees-paid berths into their respective World Championship races. The Darley Alcibiades winner gets a free pass into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run here Nov. 6.
The Darley Alcibiades will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race opening day program for the Fall Meet that runs 17 days through Oct. 24. First post time is 1:05 p.m. ET with the Darley Alcibiades going at 5:40 p.m.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Thoughtfully debuted June 11 at Churchill Downs and romped to an
8¾-length score going 5 ½ furlongs. A month later at Saratoga, she scored a 5-length victory in the Adirondack (G2) going 6½ furlongs.
Ricardo Santana Jr., who has been aboard for both victories, has the call Friday and will break from post position one.
Likely to vie for favoritism with Thoughtfully is Phoenix Thoroughbred’s Crazy Beautiful.
Trained by four-time Darley Alcibiades winner Kenny McPeek, Crazy Beautiful won the Aug. 9 Runhappy Debutante at Ellis Park before running a troubled second as the favorite in the Sept. 3 Pocahontas (G3) at Churchill Downs. Brian Hernandez Jr. has the mount and will break from post position four.
McPeek will have two other starters in the race: Susan Moulton’s Oliviaofthedesert and Harold Lerner, Magdalena Racing and Nehoc Stables’ Simply Ravishing.
Oliviaofthedesert has three starts won her lone race on dirt by 5½ lengths at Ellis in August. She will be ridden Friday by Corey Lanerie and break from post position three. Simply Ravishing is perfect in two starts and enters Friday’s race off a daylight victory in the off-the-turf P.G. Johnson at Saratoga Sept. 3. Luis Saez has the mount and will exit post position seven.
The field for the Darley Alcibiades, with riders from the rail out, is: Thoughtfully (Santana Jr.), Travel Column (Florent Geroux), Oliviaofthedesert (Lanerie), Crazy Beautiful (Hernandez Jr.), Xtrema (James Graham), Gramercy (Joel Rosario) and Simply Ravishing (Saez). All starters will carry 122 pounds.