Godolphin Racing’s Alpha returned to the winner’s circle in grand fashion with a gate-to-wire victory in the $600,000 Grade II Jim Dandy Stakes Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Alpha was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
The bay colt drew the rail for the 11/8-mile race that was run over a sloppy track that had been sealed. Alpha broke alertly, and raced inside early, before moving off the rail on the backstretch, and when challenged in the stretch, Alpha responded by repulsing the bid of his rival Neck’ n Neck to win by two-lengths under the confident handling of two-time Eclipse Award winning Jockey Ramon Dominguez.
The winner is conditioned by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, and scored the third stakes victory of his sophomore campaign, having previously won the Grade III Withers and Count Fleet Stakes this winter.
Alpha had finished 12th in his last start the Grade I Kentucky Derby on May 5th, and was coming off of an 84-day layoff. Alpha with the victory has stamped himself as one of the favorites for the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes, also to be run at Saratoga Race Course. Alpha became the sixth horse to win in his next start after running in the Kentucky Derby.
Alpha increased his lifetime bankroll to $860,000. The son of Bernardini has 4 wins and two seconds from eight lifetime starts.