British Idiom, who earned a berth in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita with her 6½-length romp in Friday's Darley Alcibiades (G1), is scheduled to rejoin trainer Brad Cox's string at Churchill Downs Sunday, according to Cox's Keeneland assistant Tessa Bisha.
“She goes back tomorrow,” Bisha said. “I had her for four months at Ellis Park, and we knew she was good but didn't know how good.”
In just her second start, British Idiom stalked the pace, swept past the leader leaving the far turn and drew off to win comfortably for the ownership group of Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables.
“She's a pretty cool filly,” Bisha said. “She took a nap before the race all covered in shavings.”
Tracy Farmer's runner-up, Perfect Alibi, a two-time graded stakes winner, remains on track for the Breeders' Cup, according to trainer Mark Casse.
Casse said Perfect Alibi likely would join his main string at Churchill and train there before going to Santa Anita.
“I've got a plane five or six days out (from the Breeders' Cup) and hopefully after the next couple days and next Wednesday I may have a few more,” Casse said.
Casse has nine runners entered here in the six remaining Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” races, including five today beginning with Hanelei Moon in the First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare (G1).
On Sunday, he has Prince of Thieves and Peace Achieved in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) and Old Chestnut in the Indian Summer. On Wednesday, he has Diamond Sparkles in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2).
Helen Alexander and Helen Groves' Alandra, who rallied to finish third as the favorite, is scheduled to return to New York, said Reeve McGaughey, assistant to his father, Shug McGaughey.
“She came back fine,” Reeve McGaughey said. “She would have had to have won yesterday to go to the Breeders' Cup. She will probably go to the two stakes up there ($150,000 Tempted at a mile Nov. 1 and $250,000 Demoiselle-G2 at 1 1/8 miles on Dec. 7) if all goes well.”
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