01/29/2012 5:59PM

Gulfstream: Broadway's Alibi toys with her rivals in Forward Gal

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Barbara D. Livingston
Broadway's Alibi, under John Velazquez, cruises to a 16 3/4-length victory over a sloppy track in the Forward Gal.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The way Broadway’s Alibi worked one week prior to Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes, trainer Todd Pletcher was expecting a good performance from his 3-year-old filly in the sprint stakes.

He wasn’t expecting she would win by almost 17 lengths.

Taking the lead soon after the start under John Velazquez, Broadway’s Alibi splashed her way to a 16 3/4-length victory over Say a Novena in the Forward Gal run in the slop at Gulfstream Park.

It was the third straight victory for Broadway’s Alibi and part of a three-win day for Pletcher, who one race later took the Grade 3, $400,000 Holy Bull for 3-year-old males with Algorithms. Pletcher also won an allowance race with the 3-year-old El Padrino.

Broadway’s Alibi, a daughter of Vindication, is owned by Joyce Robsham who is now 8 for 14 at the meet with three stakes wins. On Saturday, Robsham won the Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint with Soaring Stocks.

“I thought her final breeze before this was the best she ever moved,” Pletcher said of Broadway’s Alibi. “I felt like she was coming up to it really well, but I didn’t expect her to blow the field away like that. She obviously didn’t mind the slop either; kind of ran them off their feet from the gate.”

Broadway’s Alibi drilled a quarter in 22.35 seconds, a half-mile 44.94, six furlongs in 1:09.18,  and completed seven furlongs in 1:21.94. She returned $4.40 as the 6-5 favorite.

Broadway’s Alibi won despite drifting out again in the stretch, something she did in an allowance win here earlier in the meet.

“She started looking into the infield, I guess it’s just a habit, I don’t know why she does it,” Velazquez said. “I didn’t get into her mouth, but she still drifted out. I gave her a little tap just to make sure she kept running. She’s so fast I didn’t want to fight her.”

Say a Novena, who stalked Broadway’s Alibi from the outset, finished second by two lengths over Old Hat Stakes winner Sacristy. Yara, Quick Flip, and Good Deed completed the order of finish.

 Pletcher said he would look to keep Broadway’s Alibi in races run around one turn. Without anymore one-turn sprint stakes at Gulfstream, one possibility for a potential next start could be the Grade 3, $150,000 Cicada at Aqueduct on March 10.