Ice Wine Stable’s Almost an Angel, who will race in
the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Friday’s opening day of the 2012
Fall Meet, has the distinction of making two of her four starts against
A Kentucky-bred daughter of Artie Schiller who was purchased for
$25,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Almost an Angel
opened her career at here in April with a fifth-place finish on the main
track against fillies. She made her next three starts on the turf in
New York, facing males twice.
On May 24 at Belmont Park, she met the boys in a six-furlong maiden race, running second behind Joha,
who is expected for Saturday’s Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1). Back
against fillies, Almost an Angel scored her first win in her next start,
a six-furlong maiden race on June 29 at Belmont. She took on males in
the 1 1/16-mile With Anticipation (G2) at Saratoga on August 30 and ran
seventh behind Balance the Books, who is expected in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity or the Bourbon (G3) on Sunday.
“We’re going for it,” said trainer Wesley Ward, the leading trainer
of Keeneland’s Spring Meet with nine wins, about racing Almost an Angel
in the Darley Alcibiades. “It’s a Grade 1. It’s either there, fly to
California or run in the Frizette (G1), which I already have one for the
same stable. We’ll shoot for the best and forget the rest.”
Ward was referring to Ice Wine’s Sweet Shirley Mae, the Spinaway (G1) runner-up who will race in the Frizette on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) has been discussed
as being in the future plans for the two fillies, and several other
Ward runners are being pointed to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
One of them is Great Attack, a Turf Sprint (G1)
candidate who might run in Sunday’s Woodford presented by Keeneland
Select (G3). Also training at Keeneland are additional Breeders’ Cup
hopefuls Judy the Beauty (Grade 1 Filly & Mare Sprint) and Handsome Jack (Juvenile Sprint).
One of Ward’s runners during Keeneland’s Spring Meet was Politicallycorrect, who was 12th
in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1). On Sunday, the gelding won the Oklahoma
Derby at Remington Park and was headed to Southern California for the
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). Politicallycorrect is owned by Ken and
Sarah Ramsey, the Spring Meet’s leading owner with seven victories.