Godolphin Racing’s Alpha, the 2012 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year, has returned to the United States.
The bay colt, was back on the work tab last Sunday, breezing three-furlongs in 37.29 at Saratoga. The son of the 2006 Eclipse Award winning Three-Year-Old Male Bernardini was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones, and is trained at the racetrack by Kiaran McLaughlin.
The Grade 1 winner started his four-year-old campaign in the United Arab Emirates, making two starts, including a fifth place finish in his last race, the Group 2 Godolphin Mile on March 30 at Meydan Racecourse.
“He looks great,” said McLaughlin, in a phone interview Friday morning. “We’re not sure where he’ll go next. He’ll continue to train. The Whitney is always a possibility. And based on his pedigree, on his dam’s side, we may decide to try him on the turf.”
Darley Stable’s homebred Incognito is among the entries for Saturday’s 59th running of the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. The gray colt is coming off of consecutive victories. Incognito was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
Incognito’s dam, Octave, won two-thirds of the New York Racing Association’s Triple Tiara in 2007, capturing the Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks. The colt’s last win, was a nose score, in a one-mile race at Aqueduct on April 13th. McLaughlin trains Incognito at the racetrack.
“He’s really improved over his last few races,” said McLaughlin. “In his last race, he had a troubled trip. He went toward the inside, clipped heels, almost went down, but was able to recover and run an impressive race. He’s by A.P. Indy, so he should be able to get the mile and-an-eighth distance (in the Peter Pan).”