Belmont Stakes 2012 Bloodlines: Alpha

Alpha wins 2012 Count Fleet Stakes.
by Jarrod Horak
Which horse has the best pedigree to handle twelve furlongs in the final leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park? My Belmont Stakes alphabetical list starts with graded winner Alpha, and you would be hard pressed to find better bloodlines.  
Alpha’s sire Bernardini raced just one season but he certainly made a splash in 2006. In his 3rd career start, he won the G3 Withers and followed that up by capturing the G1 Preakness, G2 Jim Dandy, G1 Travers, and G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. He finished his career with a runner-up effort behind Invasor in the G1 BC Classic.
As a sire, Bernardini was represented by three grade one winners in his first crop, including his son Stay Thirsty, who finished 2nd in the 2011 Belmont Stakes.
Bernardini’s sire A.P. Indy won the G1 Hollywood Futurity in 1991 to end his juvenile season. In 1992, he captured the G2 San Rafael, G1 SA Derby, G2 Peter Pan, and G1 Belmont Stakes. He wrapped up his stellar career with a victory in the G1 BC Classic.
A.P. Indy is a son of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, out of Secretariat mare Weekend Surprise. She was also the dam of 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall.

Bernardini’s mother Cara Rafaela (by Quiet American) was a classy runner for D Wayne Lukas in 1995-96. She won the G2 Alcibiades and G1 Hollywood Starlet and placed in such prestigious races as the G1 Las Virgenes (2nd), G1 SA Oaks (2nd), G1 Ashland (2nd), G1 Kentucky Oaks (3rd), G2 Black-Eyed Susan (2nd), and G1 Mother Goose (3rd). Cara Rafaela is out of the Spectacular Bid mare Oil Fable.
Cara Rafaela’s father Quiet American has sired numerous graded winners including 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero Real Quiet.  
Alpha’s dam Munnaya was bred by Gainsborough Farm (KY) and won a turf marathon in her lone victory from four outings in England. The 21-year-old mare has thrown ten winners including graded stakes-placed turf runners Mystic Melody (by Seattle Slew) and Lavender Sky (by Mt. Livermore).
Munnaya’s sire Nijinsky II (by Northern Dancer) could run all day and the late, great European champion captured the English Triple Crown in 1970. He sired well over a hundred stakes winners including the likes of French champion Caerleon and 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand.
Munnaya’s mother Hiaam (by Alydar), out of Canadian champion Kamar (by Key to the Mint), was a group three winner as a juvenile in England. She is a half-sister to Canadian champion Key to the Moon (by Wajima), multiple grade one winner Gorgeous (by Slew o’ Gold), 1990 Kentucky Oaks winner Seaside Attraction (by Seattle Slew), and Jood (by Nijinsky II), dam of champion Fantastic Light.
Godolphin colorbearer Alpha is bred to bred to run all day and should improve with age. His trainer Kiaran McLaughlin saddled 2006 Belmont stakes winner Jazil. He does his best work in New York and could spoil I’ll Have Another’s Triple Crown party on June 9.      


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suprieror pedigree + Graded Stakes victories + Stayin close to home + Fresh, + No excuses like scuffed legs and bad post position == Ill take my chances at 8-1 with alpha. You go ahead and bet on the 2-1 fav. IHA, or 3-1 union rags, or 4-1 dullahan
Alpha/Union Rags cold exacta
this horse has a lot to prove against good competition but my main concern is for him going 1 1/8th and over, horse has to shown he wants to win.
Alpha adores NY and should give I'll Have Another a run for his money
I can quote suprieror pedigees until the proverbial cows come home Snaffi Dancer types that couldn't beat a fat man down a hill. The Bride she had a great pedigree,,,,,The top 30 or so highest priced yearlings akin to the Green Monkey ONLY looked good in the theoretical and did NOTHING when it really counts. pedigrees are fun to talk about but the translation of that THEORETICAL is a very long way from perfromance....Almost a guess
I really liked this horse before the derby, disappointing derby for whatever reasons. He does have superior pedigree for this race, and its in NY, and hes fresh. Unlike the derby, now he has all the excuses to win.
Alpha did miss a Derby work because of a leg infection. Don't know how much that hurt him at CD. Birdstone, Jazil, and Summer Bird returned from unplaced Derby efforts to win the Belmont Stakes. Alpha reminds me most of last year's Belmont runner-up Stay Thirsty. The latter also had a late developing pedigree and did his best work in NY as well.
It was out of NY.
What is the explanation/excuse for Alpha's Derby? If you toss that race, then, yes, he's in the top four.

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