The ungraded, $150,000 Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct was one of two Kentucky Derby 2012
prep races to be run on Jan 7 and strong favorite Alpha did not
disappoint in New York. On the West Coast, Out of Bounds upset Secret
Circle in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes.
Count Fleet Stakes (1-7-12): 85 BSF (Alpha)
I have always been fond of Alpha
but was concerned about his gate behavior after his Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile flop. His starting gate antics were on full display once again
in the Count Fleet Stakes but he was able to overcome them this time. He
stalked, pounced, and cruised home over late runner Stephanoatsee in a
solid performance. He received an 85 BSF for his victory on Saturday and
is clearly back on the right track.