Aiken trained Alpha morning line favortie for Travers
Godolphin Racing’s Alpha has been made the morning line favorite in the field of 11 entries for today’s $1 million 11/16-mile Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. The son of Bernardini is being held at odds of 5/2. Alpha was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
Alpha will break from post position No. 6, and two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez will have the return call. The multiple graded-stakes winner won his last time out in gate-to-wire fashion in the 11/8-mile $600,000 Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course over an off track on July 28. Alpha last worked on Aug. 17, breezing a half-mile in 48 and 4/5 seconds over the Oklahoma Training Track.
The Kiaran McLaughlin charge has won three stakes races during his sophomore campaign including capturing the 11/16-mile Grade 3 Withers Stakes by a convincing 3¼ lengths at Aqueduct on Feb. 4, and the 1-mile and 70 yards Count Fleet Stakes by 2½ lengths at Aqueduct on Jan. 7. Ramon Dominguez has been in the irons in all three of Alpha’s stakes victories.
The bay colt broke his maiden during his juvenile campaign at first asking winning his debut, a 7-furlong race, by 6 lengths at Saratoga with jockey Alan Garcia up.
A half-brother to graded stakes placed Lavender Sky and group stakes placed Numaany, Alpha was bred by Darley Stable. The colt placed second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial this spring at Aqueduct.
Alpha has 4 wins and two seconds in 8 lifetime starts, and has earnings of $860,000.