Tracey Farmer's Perfect Alibi made a determined bid to win Saratoga's G2 Adirondack in the stretch, running down 3-5 favorite Frank's Rockette to score by a half-length on the wire. Sent off at 6-1, the 2-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa rebounded from her runner-up finsih in the Astoria Stakes for Sunday's triumph. Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. for trainer Mark Casse, Perfect Alibi completed 6 1/2 furlongs over the fast main track in 1:18.39.
“This filly is funny because in the morning when she breezes, you wouldn't know she's anything,” said Casse. “She'll go a half [mile] in 50 [seconds] and it's like she's giving you everything. I was a little surprised she broke her maiden the way she did so easy. I told Mr. Farmer, 'I can't tell you not to run her, I can't tell you to run her.' She's a little bit like Sir Winston. When he gallops out, he shows you something. Good thing about Mr. Farmer is he's not afraid to lose. Sometimes, you have to run them. This is why you run them, because if you watched her train the past couple of weeks you would think she wouldn't be any good.”
Perfect Alibi was one of only a few fillies not racing for the lead in the first furlong, and she settled in about fifth as Integral blew through a first quarter in :22.06. The eventual winner was just behind the favorite Frank's Rockette down the backstretch, while 2-1 chance Magic Dance rushed into contention three-wide after stumbling at the start.
Magic Dance made her move around the far turn to challenge for the lead, as did Just Fly. Frank's Rockette was awaiting racing room behind rivals, and nearly got knocked sideways when Just Fly stepped into her path.
Meanwhile, Perfect Alibi had clear racing room down the center of the course and pushed by the game Frank's Rockette in the final sixteenth to win by a half-length. Magic Dance finished third after her wide trip, and Miss Peppina checked in fourth.
“I broke running because she's that kind of filly,” said Ortiz. “She has a nice stride. I got a good position on the turn and I just had my hands down and relaxed. Turning for home, Asmussen's filly [Magic Dance] was on the outside, so I didn't want to make a premature move and try to get through because it looked like [jockey Ricardo] Santana had a lot of horse, so I just waited. They didn't keep a straight [path], so I got through in between the horses and she responded really well.”
Bred in Kentucky by Pin Oak Stud, Perfect Alibi was a $220,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale. She broke her maiden by 9 1/2 lengths on debut at Churchill, then lost the Astoria by just three-quarters of a length in her second start. Overall, Perfect Alibi has won two of her three starts for earnings just shy of $200,000.
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