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Alternation Posts Half-Mile Bullet at Oaklawn

Alternation takes the Pimlico Special
Pin Oak Stable’s multiple stakes winner Alternation, who has been keeping a weekly pattern of works since Jan. 19, posted a bullet half-mile workout in 48 2/5 Thursday as he continues preparations for this 5-year-old debut in either the March 9 Razorback Handicap (G3) or April 13 Oaklawn Handicap (G2). Last year, he won both races as well as the Essex Handicap.

“He picked up a little company early and finished up well,” said trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. “Our hope, depending on how February goes with the weather and all, that we could get to a race like [the Razorback].”

Alternation, who in addition to his three victories at Oaklawn won the Pimlico Special (G3) and Governor’s Cup at Remington, has not started since an uncharacteristic sixth-place finish in the Hawthorne Gold Cup Oct. 6. 

“I don’t think he was tired so much,” said Von Hemel. “The performance at Hawthorne was certainly no good and when we looked at what was left on the calendar the rest of the year, we decided, if we were going to run him this year, we would have to freshen him up anyway. We are happy with how things have gone, and like I said, depending on the weather this month we should be able to have some fun with him here before it’s too late.”



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Older Comments about Alternation Posts Half-Mile Bullet at Oaklawn...

Doesn't anyone think Donoharm has a solid shot in the race? My two picks are Donoharm and Alternation
Would you use Najjaar at all, tv?
Oaklawn is too
When Oakland is wet it is even EARLIER.
If the Oaklawn track is muddy or sloppy. I'm using Najjaar in my picks. Why? Because despite his wins on dirt, I think of him as a turf colt, and turf colts placed in the sloppy Southwest. Najjaar is good; he's just late.
Alright. Time to work out, shower, drop kid off at school, go to work. Nice BSing with you again, Mary, as always. L8a!
Understand a huge life change? Things abruptly stop being the same? Yes, that is extremely tough.
Mentally? Ha! Ask TV. Maybe he can consult one of his texts. I've already retired, but the mental transition is the toughest aspect. Compare it to follwing horse racing for 15 years (religiously), then there is no horse racing anymore abruptly. Probably the best analogy you may understand.
Is there a timeline on the transition?
Also, I'm still in "transitioning back into civilian life" mode. I'm getting better and much more politically correct. I know you can see this from 2-3 years ago. You're a smart lady!
Agree about Alternation. 10,3,8,2. I was short. Missed the :o)
Oaklawn Handicap: Alternation; San Pablo; Raison d'Etat; Atigun

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