SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. &ndash; Trainer Mike Maker confirmed Thursday he intends to run the steadily improving Army Wife in next Saturday&rsquo;s Grade 1 Alabama at 1 1/4 miles for 3&#45;year&#45;old fillies.Three Diamonds Farm&rsquo;s Army Wife has won three of her four starts this season, including the Grade 2 Black&#45;Eyed Susan at Pimlico and Grade 3 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows in her two most recent appearances. Her Beyer Speed Figures have increased with every start since switching to dirt to win a maiden special weight dash last fall at Churchill Downs. A daughter of Declaration of War, Army Wife posted a career&#45;best 90 Beyer in her last outing.&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a big step up, but she&rsquo;s earned the chance the way she&rsquo;s doing right now,&rdquo; Maker said. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s really been enjoying Saratoga, and even considering the competition I don&rsquo;t have any thoughts she will let us down. I&rsquo;m expecting another big effort from her.&rdquo;The field for the Alabama is expected to include Maracuja and Malathaat, the first&#45; and second&#45;place finishers in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24, along with Clairiere, Crazy Beautiful, and Will&rsquo;s Secret.