08/06/2012 4:00PM

Saratoga: Believe You Can has solid workout for Alabama

Barbara D. Livingston
Believe You Can, Rosie Napravnik up, works on the Oklahoma training track Monday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Larry Jones shipped Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can to New York well in advance of the Aug. 18 Alabama Stakes in hopes of getting the 3-year-old filly acclimated to Saratoga’s main track.

Jones had to alter plans somewhat on Monday, when he moved a scheduled workout from the main to the Oklahoma training track, where Believe You can went five furlongs in 1:02.10 under jockey Rosie Napravnik.

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After going her first quarter-mile in 25.46 seconds and three furlongs in 37.73, Believe You Can finished her last quarter in 24.37 seconds. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:17.96.

“She looked good doing it, hit the wire nice. Maybe not the strongest gallop-out I’ve ever seen her have, but you have to understand we just worked her a mile last week at Ellis Park,” Jones said. “I told Rosie she’s not going to want to show real quickness this morning, but I was pretty happy. She drank two gallons of water and is still pretty fresh. We’re good.”

Believe You Can finished a well-beaten third in the Mother Goose, a race in which she stumbled leaving the gate and raced on the inside part of the track, which was not the best place to be on the day.

“The inside was just a terribly biased place to be,” Jones said. “I was watching horses stumble from the one hole all day leaving the gate. I kept trying to convince myself, well we’re coming from the mile-and-an-eighth pole, nobody’s been breaking from down there, we’ll be okay, and we did the same thing.”

Among those pointing to the Alabama are Grace Hall, In Lingerie, Questing, Sea Island, Zo Impressive, and possibly Karlovy Vary.