Keeneland Fall Meet Opens Friday with Alcibiades Stakes

Alcibiades Draws Full Field for Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ Race

The Grade I Alcibiades Stakes is set for Friday, October 7, and the Fall Meet opening at Keeneland has a pair of graded stakes races including the Phoenix Stakes. Some of the best two year old fillies will take to Keeneland’s dirt track in the Alcibiades, and a full field of 14 will race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner’s share of the $400,000 purse.

The winner also receives an automatic entry to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies through the ‘Win And You’re In’ challenge program.

The top contenders in the Alcibiades Stakes include Daddys Lil Darling and Diadura, both at 5-1, along with Dream Dancing (6-1) and Caroline Test (8-1).

Diadura has won both her starts including a 5 ½ length victory in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes September 10. Both her wins were sprints over a polytrack, but the daughter of Hard Spun should handle the dirt and distance.   

Daddy’s Lil Darling has two wins in three starts including the Grade II Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs September 17. She’s the only graded stakes winner in the field and should be making a move at the top of the lane.

Dream Dancing finished fourth as the favorite in the Pocahontas Stakes, but more than five lengths behind Daddy’s Lil Darling.

Caroline Test has shown sharp early speed, and gets a tactical advantage if the track is running fast Friday. Her first try going two turns will be a test like many in here, but a pair of solid works also suggests she could carry here speed further with improvement.

Four other fillies are 10-1 on the morning line and include Benner Island, who finished second behind Diadura in the minor Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes. Fun won her debut at Churchill Downs June 24 and was second in the Grade III Schuylerville Stakes July 22. Price too High has a win and a third, and makes her stakes debut Friday. She’s improved each time out but needs to make a big jump here to cash in. Queen Bernardina also makes her stakes debut after breaking her maiden last time out at Churchill September 16. For Honor (15-1) is a long shot who has won her only race going 7 furlongs and could be passing horses in the stretch.   

Race 9, Friday, October 7. The Darley Alcibiades Stakes (GI), two-year-old fillies, one and one sixteenth miles on the dirt, post time 5:30pm EDT

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