As usual, trainer Todd Pletcher is ready for, literally, everything,
with runners in each of the four races that make up the $500,000 Guaranteed
All-Graded Stakes Pick 4 on Saturday’s card.
His primary runner is WinStar Farm’s 4-for-4 Gemologist, the 8-5 morning-line favorite
in the Wood. In the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, he has Calibrachoa, back-to-back winner of the Toboggan and Tom Fool
Handicap on the Aqueduct inner dirt course. In the Grade 3 Bay Shore, a
seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds, he sends out Mike Repole’s How Do I Win, and in the Grade 3 Comely for
3-year-old fillies, he has the lightning-fast Broadway’s
Alibi, making her first start since a 16 ¾-length score January 29
in the Grade 2 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park.
Broadway’s Alibi, owned by E. Paul
Robsham Racing Stables, developed a hind foot issue in winning the Forward Gal
on a sloppy track, Pletcher said, shedding her left, hind frog, “which is
sort of unusual.”
After crushing the field in the Forward Gal, Pletcher toyed with the
idea of running Broadway’s Alibi against males in the Swale Stakes, but,
instead, wound up briefly taking her out of training.
The one-mile Comely will be the furthest she has run in a four-race
career, and Pletcher expects a powerful effort.
“The filly’s doing very well,” he said.
“Earlier in the year, I thought she would compete in sprint and
middle-distance races, but we’re seeing now she might go longer. [Comely
opponent] Millionreasonswhy is a top-class filly, and she proved that last
year, so this is a quality field.”
Pletcher said the same thing about the Carter, in which Repole’s
Calibrachoa is the 4-1 fourth choice of the five betting interests.
“It’s a blend of speed, stalkers and closers,”
Pletcher said. “It’s a deep race and a versatile field, and
I’m sure they’ll be running beginning to end. I can’t think
of a specific race that’s come up this strong [this year], but it’s
a marquee race, for sure.”