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Grace Hall Completes Alabama Preparations

Grace Hall wins the Delaware Oaks

Grace Hall, one of four Grade 1 winners pointing to Saturday’s Alabama, had her final serious work prior to the 1 ¼-mile race this morning, breezing four furlongs at Delaware Park in 49.40.


“She had a really good workout in company eight days ago, and she came into today’s workout very well; she was the same Grace Hall,” said trainer Tony Dutrow of the 3-year-old Empire Maker filly. “She worked by herself, from the 4 ½ [furlong pole], with a strong gallop out, and went from the half-mile pole to the wire in :49 2/5. We’re feeling very good about her. She seemed to come back to the barn and cool out in excellent shape.”


Grace Hall, who won last year’s Grade 1 Spinaway for owner Michael Dubb, is scheduled to arrive at Saratoga late Monday morning, said Dutrow.


“We’ve chosen this path because we had her experience being at Saratoga the whole meet last year,” said Dutrow. “We’re happy with how she’s prepared for the Alabama and the choices we’ve made. I don’t feel like we’re swimming in uncharted waters.”


Grace Hall has been first, second or third in all eight career starts, including victories this year in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and the Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks. She also finished second in the Grade 2 Davona Dale at Gulfstream and third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks behind Believe You Can, who is also pointing to the Alabama.


Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks winner Questing, Grade 1 Mother Goose winner Zo Impressive, Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan winner In Lingerie, Grade 3 Iowa Oaks winner Uptown Bertie, Grade 3 Railbird winner Via Villaggio and the Shug McGaughey-trained Sea Island, impressive winner of an optional claimer on July 26, are among those expected for Saturday’s race.


“The Coaching Club was a big race, the Kentucky Oaks was a big race, and this is a big race,” said Dutrow. “You have four Grade 1 winners anticipated in running, and the winner of this race will make a bold statement as to the division.”




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Grace Hall is going to lay to rest who the best 3yd Filly is. I like her a lot in the Alabama

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