SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Crazy Beautiful will look to extend her win streak to three in Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama, a 10-furlong test for sophomore fillies, at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Kenny McPeek has saddled two of the past three winners of the Alabama with Eskimo Kisses  and Swiss Skydiver  and will attempt to one-up his record with Crazy Beautiful.
The Liam’s Map grey boasts a record of 10-5-3-0 with purse earnings of $700,865 and enters from wins in the Grade 3 Summertime Oaks on May 30 at Santa Anita ahead of a six-length romp in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks on July 3 at Delaware Park.
“If she runs back to her last couple of races, I think she’s definitely in the picture,” McPeek said. “She’s a lovely filly to be around and we’re cautiously optimistic.”
Crazy Beautiful will exit the inside post Saturday under Jose Ortiz, who guided the filly to a convincing score in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks in March.
All three of Crazy Beautiful’s graded wins have come at 1 1/16-miles but McPeek said he is confident the filly will handle the stretch out in distance.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a problem,” McPeek said. “Jose Ortiz rode her perfectly in his last ride on her in Florida. I think it’s just a matter of timing the race and hopefully she finishes up like she can.”
Crazy Beautiful finished tenth in the nine-furlong Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks in May, a race won by Alabama rival Malathaat, but McPeek said he has drawn a line through that effort.
“She got hammered leaving the gate and nothing really went right,” McPeek said. “She never got in a rhythm and really had no chance. We look at it as a throw-out.”
Crazy Beautiful has posted four works on the Oklahoma training track in preparation for Saturday’s test.
“She’s done great here. She’s a very professional filly and very easy to be around,” McPeek said. “She’s had some nice maintenance breezes. It’s really uncomplicated with her. She’s ready to go.”
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Photo: Last year’s Alabama winner, Swiss Skydiver. (Chelsea Durand)