Alpha, dead-heat winner of the 2012 Travers, prepped for
his return to Saratoga with a half-mile breeze over the main track on Saturday.
4-year-old son of Bernardini went out after the renovation break and
was timed in 51.77 seconds for four furlongs. It was his first work
since finishing fourth of five in the Grade 2 Suburban on July 6 at
was just a maintenance work,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who is
eyeing the Grade 1 Whitney for Alpha. “It’s going to be a tough race,
but he likes Saratoga, so we’ll see.”
Alpha is 3-for-3 at
having won the Grade 2 Jim Dandy prior to his dead-heat victory with
Golden Ticket in the $1 million Travers. He won his career debut at the
Spa on September 3, 2011.
track] was kind of weird today because it was wet, but it’s no big
deal. He was fine,” McLaughlin said. “It was just a little half-mile.
He’s fit and ready. He’ll have to work back next week, and we’ll make a