LEXINGTON, Ky. – A field of a dozen 2-year-old fillies, headed by Sorority winner Runup, was entered Tuesday for the 70th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) that serves as the centerpiece of Friday’s opening program of the Fall Meet.
The 1 1/16-mile main track test is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race with the winner getting a fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be held Nov. 5 at Del Mar.
The Darley Alcibiades will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:45 p.m. ET post time. First post is 1 p.m.
Owned and bred by James McIngvale, Runup has won both of her starts on dirt highlighted by the 3-length victory at Monmouth in the 1-mile Sorority in her first two-turn test. Trained by Laura Wohlers, Runup will be ridden by Joseph Ramos and leave from post position 12.
Another entrant with two-turn experience is Mama Rina, runner-up in the Pocahontas (G3) last month while going 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs. Owned by the partnership of Harold Lerner, AWC Stables, Nehoc Stables, Scott Akman and Paul Braverman et al, and trained by five-time Alcibiades winner Kenny McPeek, Mama Rina will be ridden by Julien Leparoux from post position six.
Three runners coming out of Grade 1 tests are in the field: Sequist and Dream Lith, the fourth- and fifth-place finishers in the 7-furlong Spinaway Sept. 5 at Saratoga, and Myfavoritedaughter, fourth in the 7-furlong TVG Del Mar Debutante Sept. 5.
Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Lori Gervais, Charles Pigg, Tom Andres and Karen Kraft and trained by Dallas Stewart, Sequist won on debut at Colonial Downs before going to the Spinaway. Junior Alvarado has the mount from post position three.
Cypress Creek Equine and Arnold Bennewith’s Dream Lith won her debut outing by 2¼ lengths at Saratoga prior to the Spinaway. Robertino Diodoro trains Dream Lith, who will exit post position four under Adam Beschizza.
Average Joe Racing Stables’ Myfavoritedaughter took three tries to notch her first victory, which came by 25 lengths over a sloppy track going 7 furlongs at Gulfstream Park prior to going to Del Mar. Trained by Jeff Engler, Myfavoritedaughter will be ridden by Corey Lanerie out of post position five.
The field for the Darley Alcibiades, with riders from the inside, is:
1. Juju’s Map (Florent Geroux)
2. Miss Interpret (Jose Ortiz)
3. Sequist (Albarado)
3. Dream Lith (Beschizza)
5. Myfavoritedaughter (Lanerie)
6. Mama Rina (Julien Leparoux)
7. Matareya (Joel Rosario)
8. Distinctlypossible (Tyler Gaffalione)
9. Pipeline Girl (James Graham)
10. Penny Saver (Brian Hernandez Jr.)
11. Diamond Wow (Mike Smith)
12. Runup (Ramos)
All starters carry 122 pounds.
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Keeneland Press Release
Photo: Runup won the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park September 6, 2021, under Joseph Ramos. Photo by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO