New Stakes Horse, Plus Maiden Special and Repeat Winners for ALTERNATION
MISSIVE became the newest stakes horse from the first crop of ALTERNATION when she made her stakes debut and rallied to place in the $150,000 Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds. This 3-year-old filly raced off the pace early going a mile and 70 yards, rallied three wide on the far turn and continued to put in a game effort to the wire. The five she finished ahead included a G1 SW and a SW/Breeders’ Cup placed filly. After a runner-up effort in her debut, MISSIVE won a Maiden Special Weight here by 1/2 length. Lifetime record: 4-1-2-1, $55,000. O/B-Pin Oak Stud. T-Michael Stidham.
On the same card as the Silverbulletday, SAN ELIGO (pictured) followed his runner-up debut here in mid-December with a one mile and 70 yards Maiden Special Weight win by 2 1/2 lengths. Hustled to contest the lead after breaking from the far outside, the 13th first-crop winner for ALTERNATION raced three wide to seize the lead on the first turn. He continued to race on top around the far turn and into the stretch, and was never threatened to the wire. SAN ELIJO was a $40,000 purchase by Cobra Farm out of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2016 Select Yearling Sale. Lifetime record: 2-1-1-0, $32,800. O-Cobra Farm, Inc. and R R Partners. B-Shalom TR. T-Michael Stidham.
And on Sunday, AVILLES followed up her 8 1/2-length Maiden score with a wire-to-wire win going a mile at Laurel Park. The 3-year-old filly by ALTERNATION broke well to vie for the early lead and took control to be 4 1/2 lengths in front after the half. She continued to lead the way into the stretch and held her closest rival at bay for a 3/4 length victory. Lifetime record: 5-2-1-0. $37,230. O-Frank Sample. B-Haynes Stables, LLC. T-Dale Capuano.