Alpha, co-winner of the Travers Stakes last summer, has returned to Saratoga, where on Sunday he worked three furlongs in 37.29 seconds over the Oklahoma training track.
It was his first work since Alpha returned to the U.S. after two starts at Meydan in Dubai. He finished fifth, beaten four lengths in the Godolphin Mile on March 30.
Kiaran McLaughlin, the trainer of Alpha, said he has no definitive race picked out for Alpha’s next start but mentioned the possibility of trying him on the turf.
“There’s a chance that we look at turf because he’s out of a Nijinksy mare and the whole family is turf other than Bernardini, who he’s by,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin said he would have future discussions with Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin Racing, which owns Alpha, but mentioned the Grade 1 Manhattan on Belmont Stakes Day as a possibility.
“The Manhattan is good timing and the right distance but tough, tough horses,” McLaughlin said. “He’s fit and looks great. He could run anytime basically.”
The Manhattan is expected to attract Point of Entry, the multiple Grade 1 winner who was scratched out of the Woodford Reserve last weekend due to soft turf.
Authenticity possible for Phipps
Authenticity, winner of the La Troienne on May 3, could make her next start in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on May 27, trainer Todd Pletcher said.
“We’ll see how she bounces back in 24 days,” Pletcher said. “She reminds me a lot of some of the fillies we’ve had success with in the Delaware Handicap over the years.”
Pletcher said that Ciao Bella, who beat Authenticity in the Rampart at Gulfstream on March 30, is at his father’s farm in Ocala, Fla., and would be brought back for a summer campaign during the Saratoga meet.
Pair DQ’d from Stallion Stakes
Kelli Got Frosty and Nonnie Connie, the first- and third-place finishers from a division of the $125,000 New York Stallion Stakes last November at Aqueduct, have been disqualified from the race because neither horse was eligible, according to the New York State Gaming Commission.
Both fillies are progeny of Frost Giant, who is nominated to the stallion stakes series, but neither horse was nominated individually by her connections.
There are three opportunities to nominate a foal to the Stallion Stakes. A fee of $200 can be paid by Dec. 1 as a weanling; $1,000 by Dec. 1 as a yearling, or $5,000 by Sept. 1 of their 2-year-old season.
The connections of Kelli Got Frosty forfeit a $75,000 first-place purse while the connections of Nonnie Connie forfeit the $12,500 third-place prize.
The connections of Kelli Got Frosty have appealed the disqualification and until the matter is concluded both Kelli Got Frosty and runner-up P J’s Superego will be declared the winner.