Videos tagged with "alabama stakes"

1989 Alabama Stakes [03:38]
For those hard-to-please critics who had been complaining that Open Mind is a brilliant horse with a bland style, the 3-year-old filly responded with a gritty performance on a rainy day at Saratoga. At the top of the stretch of the $232400 Alabama Stakes, Open Mind's chances appeared to be as gloomy as the day itself. She was ahead of only one horse, stablemate Lea Lucinda. She trailed the front-running Dearly Loved by more than five lengths and was running in the middle of the track, where the muddy surface had the consistency of butterscotch pudding. Open Mind had gone into Saturday's 109th Alabama with a nine-race winning streak dating to last November, but now, at 1-5 odds, she looked hopelessly beaten. Her critics were ready to add Open Mind's name to the list of fallen Saratoga favorites, which includes Man o' War, Gallant Fox and Secretariat. Before a crowd of 30309, Open Mind chose not to become a part of that gallery. "Of all the fillies I've ridden," Angel Cordero would say later, "I've never been on one who tries as hard as this filly. If she were a person, she'd want to work seven days a week." Cordero went to his whip 16 times--seven times from the right and nine from the left--and it took that 16th whack to get owner Gene Klein's filly to the wire, a neck before Dearly Loved. Open Mind might win 10 more races in a row, if she is allowed to stay on the track long enough, but no victory will come any harder than Saturday's. Jean Cruguet was aboard Dearly Loved ...

Questing breezes August 11 at Greentree for G1 Alabama [01:26]
TVG Coaching Club American Oaks heroine Questing tuned up for Saratoga Race Course's Grade 1, $600000 Alabama on August 18 by breezing four furlongs in :47 2/5 seconds at the Greentree Training Center on August 11.
Tags: horse racing, horse, Questing, Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga, Godolphin, Greentree, Alabama, Alabama Stakes, workout, breeze

2011 TVG Alabama Stakes [02:38]
Royal Delta scores in the TVG Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on August 20.
Tags: 2011, TVG, Alabama, Stakes, Saratoga, NTRA, horse, racing, wagering, Royal, Delta

1998 Alabama Stakes [06:27]
Banshee Breeze won the Alabama Stakes by six lengths over Lu Ravi, one month after winning the Coaching Club American Oaks, and inflicted defeat for the first time on Manis tique, the wonder horse from California. Both Banshee Breeze and Manistique are daughters of Unbridled, winner of the 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic. But Banshee Breeze, racing for the ninth time, won for the fifth time and showed that experience often prevails over sheer brilliance. Manistique, a huge filly named for a town in Wisconsin, was racing for only the fourth time. And, although she had won each of her three starts at Hollywood Park by at least 10 lengths, she apparently had breathing problems and could not cope. Banshee Breeze has won at a mile and a half in the Coaching Club American Oaks and at a mile and a quarter in the Alabama, the filly counterpart to next Saturday's Travers Stakes. Even her jockey, Jerry Bailey, was impressed with the way she handled Manistique, the betting choice, ridden by Gary Stevens, who flew here from the West Coast for the race. ''I had a lot of horse at every point in the race,'' Bailey said, ''and I couldn't believe how she was running. I was right behind the favorite, and I wasn't sure how much horse Gary had, but I knew that he would need a lot because my filly was ready to run. This was the best that she finished, and past the wire she still had more in her. To have her this ready was just incredible.'' The man who got her ready was Carl ...
Tags: saratoga, horse, racing, tom, durkin, jerry, bailey, carl, nafzger, banshee, breeze, manistique

Island Fashion (Petionville) - 2003 G1 Alabama Stakes [08:55]
Island Fashion winning the 2003 G1 Alabama ... Island Fashion Petionville Fargaux Farm Race Horse
Tags: Island, Fashion, Petionville, Fargaux, Farm, Race, Horse

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