Grade 3 Indiana Oaks winner Talk Veuve to Me put in her last work before Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama at 1 ¼-miles, breezing four furlongs on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Monday morning.
Trainer Rodolphe Brisset said her work, clocked in 47.95 seconds that was the second-fastest of 54, was impressive. Talk Veuve to Me has breezed three times since arriving at Saratoga from Keeneland in July, including a five-furlong breeze on the main track August 6.
“She got a good half-a-mile and we're happy with the move. It looked like she cooled out good and hopefully she'll look good tomorrow,” Brisset said. “It seems like she has a mind about the track. She's an easy horse to be around and she's acclimated very, very good.”
Talk Veuve to Me has only raced five times but has finished first or second in all three of her stakes appearances since breaking her maiden at second asking on March 25 at Fair Grounds. Since then, the Kentucky bred ran second by three-quarters of a length to Mia Mischief in the seven-furlong Grade 2 Eight Belles on May 4 at Churchill.
Stretching out to a mile, Talk Veuve to Me ran second to leading 3-year-old filly division contender Monomoy Girl in the Grade 1 Acorn on Belmont Stakes Day, June 9. Anxious to stretch her out to two turns, Brisset entered her in the 1 1/16-mile Indiana Oaks on July 14 at Indiana Grand Race Course, and she responded with a 4 ¾-length win for her first stakes victory.
“We can't be overconfident, [but] you look at the numbers, the replays and the PPs, and we're right there,” Brisset said. “She deserves a shot in that race. We'll see what happens with it being a mile and a quarter.
“Last time was very impressive going for the first time around two turns, so if she can replicate that race and do it going a mile and a quarter, it could be an interesting race. Luckily for me, I've been able to ride her for the last six months; I breeze her all the time and I know the filly pretty well. She could actually be a better filly going around two turns. She's won on the lead, she's won while rating. She has some tactical [speed] and shouldn't be too far from the front. Maybe she'll be on the lead, we'll see how the draw goes.”
Also expected to enter the Alabama are Midnight Bisou and She's a Julie, both for trainer Steve Asmussen; Coach Rocks, winner of the Grade 2 Gulfstream Pak Oaks in March; lightly raced Auspicious Babe in her stakes debut; Indiana Oaks runner-up Figarella's Queen; and Eskimo Kisses, fourth in both the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.
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