In Lingerie ran a distant second in the GI $600,000 Alabama Stakes on Saturday, August 18 at Saratoga. Beaten 9 lengths by superfreak Questing — who ran 0.5 seconds off the track record at the 1 1/4 mile distance — she nonetheless was 8 lengths better than Zo Impressive in third place. She took home $120,000 for the effort.
Next on her schedule is probably one of two races at Parx in Philadelphia on September 22: The Grade I Pennsylvania Derby or the Grade I Cotillion, each with a $1 million purse. A third possibility is the Grade I $500,000 Spinster at Keeneland on October 7.
We weren’t able to go to the Black-Eyed Susan, so son Phil and his wife Robin, plus grandchildren Lindsay and Jacob, represented us in the owners’ box and the Winner’s Circle. Everyone had a terrific time, of course.
If all goes well, In Lingerie will be pointed toward the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Santa Anita the first weekend of November, a Grade I $2 million race. Guess who’ll be there if she runs?
As for Sweet Cat, coming off her March win at Gulfstream, she appeared fit and ready to run after a period during the summer when she spiked a fever and her training was set back a few weeks. She was entered in the Coronation Stakes at Saratoga on August 13, but clearly didn’t like the boggy turf conditions after days of rain and finished 6th of 9. She came out of the race well, and Todd Pletcher said, “Draw a line through it!” (as in, “pretend it never happened”). Her next race is as yet undetermined.