British Idiom Headed To Breeders’ Cup After Alcibiades Victory At Keeneland

British Idiom, confidently ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, cruised to a 6 1/2-length victory in the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes on Friday’s opening-day program of the fall race meet at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Trained by Brad Cox and owned by Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group LLC, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC, the 2-year-old filly by Flashpoint covered 1 1/16 miles on a fast Keeneland main track in 1:45.80 and paid $9.20 to win as the third choice in the wagering.

Second-choice Perfect Alibi, winner of Saratoga’s G1 Spinaway Stakes in her last out, finished second, with 2-1 favorite Alandra, an impressive Saratoga maiden winner, finishing third in the field of 11 2-year-old fillies.

The victory gives British Idiom an all fees paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita next month, and trainer Cox indicated the filly’s connections would take advantage of the Win and You’re In Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series benefits and send her west.

“She’s a real laid-back filly,” said Cox. “She’s a really nice filly that’s full of class. She never gets worked up. She does whatever you want in the mornings. She’s a good-sized filly, too, and obviously capable of getting around two turns. As long as she comes out of this in good shape, we’ll look at California.”

Longshot Spitefulness set the pace under jockey Tyler Baze and wearing blinkers for the first time, setting fractions of :23.73, :47.27 and 1:13.11 for the opening six furlongs. Sequin came up to challenge on the turn but was quickly engaged by British Idiom, who had been racing in third position much of the  way. British Idiom took command at the top of the stretch and drew off for the victory after a mile clocking in 1:39.27. Perfect Alibi, ridden by Jose Ortiz, was three lengths clear of Alandra, who was 10th early under Joel Rosario.

“She broke good and got good position,” said Castellano. “She pulled a little bit, but I liked the way she did it on the backside. She relaxed, kept tracking the horses, and I liked the way she finished. She’s a good filly. She’s improved and stepped up in class. Credit to Mr. Brad (Cox) on the way he trained her. Made me look good today.”

British Idiom, out of the Mr. Sekiguchi mare Rose and Shine, was bred in Kentucky by Hargas and Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm and sold as a yearling for $40,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s October Yearling Sale. British Idiom is from the second crop of Flashback, a Grade 2-winning son of Tapit who began his stud career at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms and now stands in Pennsylvania at Diamond B. Farm.

British Idiom was victorious in her only other start, winning an Aug. 15 maiden special weight race at Saratoga by 3 1/2 lengths. She was given race-day administration of the diuretic Lasix for the first time before the Alcibiades.

Racing continues Saturday with a blockbuster 11-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Five graded stakes races, three of them Grade 1s, highlight the card with the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile serving as the day’s centerpiece.

Keeneland will offer a Pick 6 carryover of $11,062 and a Super High 5 carryover of $2,423.

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