Ortiz guides Perfect Alibi to a gutsy Spinaway Stakes win



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Absolute best Alibi, credited with a pleasant travel in profitable the Adirondack (G2) previous this summer season at Saratoga, handed any other take a look at Sunday via profitable the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway Stakes. This time she greater than earned it.

The daughter of Sky Mesa, below jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., rallied up the rail to disappointed Frank’s Rockette within the characteristic for aspiring 2-year-old fillies.

“What a really perfect experience via Irad,” mentioned instructor Mark Casse. “He lower the nook. I knew happening the bottom they had been flying.”

Opening fractions for longshot chief Mundaye Name went in 22.65, 45.45 and 1:10.16 as Absolute best Alibi, campaigned via Belmont Stakes-winning proprietor Tracy Farmer, bided her time alongside the rail.

The 5-1 shot incessantly moved up during the flip, then engaged in a stretch duel beside Frank’s Rockette, who was once away at 9-Five within the box of 7.

The bumping perceived to pass each techniques, with Joel Rosario, aboard Frank’s Rockette, unwilling to provide a lot room.

“I simply wasn’t certain she may get thru at the inside of,” Casse mentioned. “They made it tight on her.”

“I didn’t have too many choices,” Ortiz Jr. mentioned. “I noticed the opening, so I went for it.”

Absolute best Alibi completed up seven furlongs in 1:23.44 for her 3rd win in 4 profession begins. The one defeat got here June 6 in Belmont Park’s Astoria via 3/four of a period.

Bought for $220,000, Absolute best Alibi could seem subsequent in Belmont’s Frizette (G1) or Keeneland’s Alcibiades (G1) forward of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

“I believe she’ll be higher going longer,” Ortiz Jr. mentioned.

Absolute best Alibi returned $12.40 to win with Frank’s Rockette 2nd and Determine of Speech 3rd.

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