Juddmonte Farms' Lockdown breezed four furlongs in a sharp 47.98 seconds over the Oklahoma training track Tuesday morning in preparation for this Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama. The fastest of 36 at the distance, Lockdown picked up her fourth bullet, and second at Saratoga, since her second-place finish to Unchained Melody in the Grade 2 Mother Goose.
The 3-year-old filly by First Defence who has never finished off the board, will make her seventh career start for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
“She went fine, went really good,” Mott said. “She went nice and galloped out well. We've entered her, and it will be a tougher group, but we'll see what happens. I'm not sure who is going to go, but we'll see.”
Lockdown has been knocking on the door in search of her first graded-stakes victory. After capturing the Busanda by 2 ½ lengths, she then placed second behind runaway winner Miss Sky Warrior in the Grade 2 Gazelle, before facing tougher competition in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, where she ran a game third at long odds in the slop behind Abel Tasman.
Lockdown, with earnings of $309,000, will step up against Grade 1 competition for the second time, and make her first start at Saratoga.
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