The Comely Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on Saturday begins together a field of seven promising 3-year-old fillies led by Broadway’s Alibi and Millionreasonswhy.
The sophomores enter Saturday’s fray with hopes of being in the starting gate for this year’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) next month.
Broadway’s Alibi is fresh off a 16 ¾-length romp over a sloppy track in the Forward Gal Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park last time out. An E. Paul Robsham Stables homebred daughter of Vindication, Broadway’s Alibi is a winner of three consecutive races for trainer Todd Pletcher.
“She pretty much ran everyone off their feet,” Pletcher said of his charge’s performance in the Forward Gal. “The further they went, the further in front she went and the stronger she ran.”
The Comely marks her first start beyond seven furlongs.
“I thought that with the way she ran [in the Forward Gal] and the way she has been training, the extra distance shouldn’t be a problem,” said Pletcher. “We would need her to run well and finish strongly for us to consider having her try two turns,” said Pletcher. “If she does, we’ll be monitoring the Kentucky Oaks.”
Javier Castellano will ride Broadway’s Alibi, the 4-5 morning-line favorite who drew the rail. John Velazquez, who rode her in the Forward Gal, is named on Sagamore Farm’s Millionreasonswhy.
That daughter of Grand Slam captured the Wide Country Stakes at Laurel in her seasonal debut on March 3. She won the Matron Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park and finished second in the Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga as a 2-year-old last year, both of those races under Velazquez.
Trainer Ignacio Correas IV decided to rest his charge following the Adirondack to focus on a sophomore campaign.
“It was a race that could break a horse’s heart,” said Correas. “She wasn’t the same filly after the race as she had been going into it, so we decided to give her some time off. She came back the same horse.”
“If you look at her numbers, she has been running [Beyer Speed Figures] in the 90s,” said Correas. “She went to Saratoga and faced one of the best fillies in the country, if not the best, in My Miss Aurelia and did well.”
Correas said his long-range target for Millionreasonswhy, who is the 5-2 morning-line second choice, remains the Kentucky Oaks.
NYRA Press contributed to this report.
Broadway Alibi/Coglianese photo