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Parx: Alpha still on target for Breeders' Cup Classic
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Alpha, who finished sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby, beaten 4 1/4 lengths by Handsome Mike, will remain under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Alpha, who dead-heated for win in the Travers and who won the Jim Dandy, suffered his first loss since the Kentucky Derby.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez told McLaughlin that Alpha’s nose was right up against the gate prior to the start of the race and he needed an assistant starter to back Alpha up a little bit.
“When the guy moved him back he got mad and it caused us to break a touch slow, get squeezed, then he got keen,” McLaughlin said. “He wanted to be there close to the lead and then he went to the inside and couldn’t get out of the inside. I was shocked to see he only got beat [4 1/4] lengths.”
Meanwhile, Handsome Mike, the two-length winner of the Pennsylvania Derby as the 19-1 longest shot on the board, came out of the race in good order, according to Parx-based trainer Cal Lynch, who saddled the horse for owner Paul Reddam.
Lynch said that Handsome Mike lost a hind shoe in the race but otherwise came back fine.
Lynch said that Handsome Mike was scheduled to be flown back to Southern California on Tuesday.
On Saturday, Reddam said that Handsome Mike would likely be considered for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
Macho Macho, the Pennsylvania Derby runner-up, returned to New York and will likely ship to Churchill Downs on Sept. 26, Asmussen said. Asmussen has not yet picked out a spot for Macho Macho.
Alpha should stay in NY but I know Questing will be shipped west for the breeders cup and any other of his stable that can win a share of the good purses for that weekend.
Sam Alpha was run there for $1,000,000....
I thought it was odd to run Alpha in this race instead of the jockey gold cup at Belmont, seeing as he runs 1st or 2nd in NY.
Well, that was ugly. I wonder if the Travers horses bounced... and I did hear some mention of the rail being really deep, which is definitely what Stephanoatsee was running like when he was trapped down in there. Handsome Mike was pretty well regarded here in SoCal earlier in the year. But still, I don't see any of these having an impact in the Classic.
Mike stole the Pa Derby plain and simple...the race was run similar to the Cotillion pace wise, but the only difference was that there weren't any breeders cup champions chasing him!!!!!
Shipping a horse morning of the race ?? Nice job big mac head! The horse ran great hey big mac. Ur lucky they dont fire u !!
Another terrible joke. BC Classic? What are people smoking?
Alpha was no where near the fastest horse entering the race. The fastest horse was 2nd.
Another Stay Thirsty case, pretty damn good in NY, can't run a step elsewhere. Although it seems Stay Thirsty is tired of NY now too.
poor race,poor field for such a big purse.handsome mike won because this race was run at a snails pace and the surface was a little weird.then theres the ride by ramon .youve got to love the excuses "his nose was up against the gate i had to ask the gate guy to pull him back and after that he got mad",ramons gate issues are very unique and becoming quite common.the winner had only one win in a maiden race ,lost a hind shoe and still found a way to win at 19/1,he either loved the surface or this race was just strange.oh yes i almost forgot leandro mora is filling in for doug oneill the aprentice has learned well from the master.
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