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Interesting Facts About the Alabama Stakes

The Grade 1 Alabama Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Tiara, the closest race series to a filly version of the Triple Crown.  Young three year old fillies will be asked run 1 ¼ miles over the dirt in a true test of classic stamina. This year’s field contains only six hopeful contestants, but they are pretty evenly matched. Between the six, all of the running styles are represented: pace setters, pressers, mid-pack runners and stalkers.
So which running style is most effective in the Alabama Stakes (G-1)?  Pace pressers have been victorious seven times, while five each of mid-pack runners and stalkers have won. Only two pace setters have won since 1990. Six fillies made their move to be in front by the mile pole, while nine came charging down the lane to grab the lead in the final yards or to get their nose down at the wire.
Since the Breeders’ Cup Distaff inception 1984, no Alabama heroine has won both races in the same year. Seven have placed second in the Distaff, one (Open Mind) was third, and the rest have finished out of the money.  Nine fillies didn’t contest the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in the same year that they won the Alabama.  Since 1990, ten contestants won their post-Alabama start while eight placed second. Only four finished out of the money in their next start.  Below is a recap  of the Alabama Stakes since 1990.
2010 - BLIND LUCK – stalker won by a neck. Track fast. Next start:  2nd in Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes; 2nd  BC Distaff.
2009 CARELESS JEWEL - pace presser, took over at a mile. Next start:  1st in Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes, 8th BC Distaff.
2008 PROUD SPELL - pace presser, took over at a mile. Next start:  2nd in Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes, didn’t contest BC Distaff.
2007 LADY JOANNE - sat in third 1 ½ lengths behind the leaders, took over at a mile. Next start:  2nd Judmonte Spinster; 4th in BC Distaff.
2006 PINE ISLAND -  stalked, took over in the stretch. Next start: 1st Gazelle. Broke down in BC Distaff.
2005 SWEET SYMPHONY  - stalked, took over in the stretch.  Next start:  2nd Beldame,  9th BC Distaff.
2004  SOCIETY SELECTION - stalked, took over in the stretch.  Next start:   2nd Beldame. 9th BC Distaff.
2003 ISLAND FASHION - took over at ¾ pole (before the mile). Next start:   4th Gazelle, didn’t contest BC Distaff.
2002 FARDA AMIGA – stalked, took over in the stretch. Next start:   2nd BC Distaff.
2001 FLUTE – wired the field.  Next start:   2nd Beldame;  7th BC Distaff.
2000 JOSTLE – pressed from 3rd, took over at a mile. Next start:  1st in Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes; 9th BC Distaff.
1999 SILVERBULLETDAY – sat mid-pack took over in the stretch. Next start:  1st Gazelle;  6th BC Distaff.
1998 BANSHEE BREEZE  – sat mid-pack took over in the stretch. Next start:  1st Spinster; 2nd BC Distaff.
1997 RUNUP THE COLORS – pace presser, took over in the stretch. Next start:   6th Gazelle, didn’t contest BC Distaff.
1996 YANKS MUSIC – sat mid pack, took over in the stretch. Next start:   1st Ruffian, didn’t contest BC Distaff.
1995 PRETTY DISCREET – wired the field. Next start: 6th Gazelle, didn’t contest BC Distaff.
1994 HEAVENLY PRIZE - sat mid-pack took over at a mile Next start: 1st Gazelle; 2nd BC Distaff.
1993 SKY BEAUTY - sat mid-pack took over in the stretch. Next start: 1st Rare Perfume;  6th BC Distaff.
1992 NOVEMBER SNOW – Stalker, won by a nose. Next start: 1st Rare Perfume, didn’t contest BC Distaff.
1991 VERSAILLES TREATY – pace presser, took over at a mile.  Next start: 1st Gazelle; 2nd BC Distaff.
1990 GO FOR WAND – wired the field.  Next start:  1st Maskette; Broke down in BC Distaff.
Winners of the Alabama Stakes that didn’t contest the Breeders’ Cup Distaff:  Mom’s Command, Up The Apalachee, Maplejinsky, November Snow, Pretty Discreet, Yanks Music, Runup The Colors, Island Fashion, Proud Spell.

 

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