Photo: WEG/Michael Burns photography
Donver Stable’s Inglorious,
who defeated males in Woodbine’s 1 ¼-mile Queen’s Plate on June 26, will bypass
the Prince of Wales, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, in favor
facing fillies in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Alabama on August 20, trainer Josie
Carroll confirmed Friday morning.
The Queens Plate was Inglorious’
first start against males and third consecutive win, having captured Woodbine’s
La Lorgnette on May 15 and the Woodbine Oaks on June 5, and Carroll said she
preferred bringing the filly back in the Alabama instead of making a quick
turnaround for the Princes of Wales.
“She’s already had five races this
year, and she’d be coming back in three weeks,” said Carroll, who won the 2009
Alabama with Donver Stable’s Careless Jewel. “She’s already won over the
[Alabama’s 1 ¼-mile] distance. The distance is always a factor in the Alabama.”
The Alabama will be Inglorious’
first race on dirt since she made a pair of starts at the Fair Grounds earlier
this year, finishing second in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra and fourth in the
Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks.
“She trained on dirt all winter and
trained well over it, although she clearly loves the Woodbine surface,” said
Carroll. “This week we’ll start giving her heavier training, and we’ll later
figure out [when we’ll take her to Saratoga.]”