Stopchargingmaria lands the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on SaturdayPICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos
Stopchargingmaria takes Alabama for Pletcher
Report: USA, Saturday
Saratoga: Alabama Stakes (Grade 1) 1m2f, dirt, 3yo fillies
EVEN-MONEY favourite Stopchargingmaria (Todd Pletcher/ John Velazquez) completed a Graded-stakes hat-trick with a workmanlike performance in the Alabama.
Having won the Black-Eyed Susan at the Preakness meeting and then the Coaching Club American Oaks on July 20, Mike Repole's filly hit the front a furlong out and then held the closer Joint Return by three-quarters of a length with Miss Besilu third.
Also on Saturday
Saratoga: Lake Placid Stakes (Grade 2) 1m1f, turf, 3yo fillies
Crown Queen (Bill Mott/John Velazquez), a three-year-old half-sister to dual Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta, completed a hat-trick on her graded-stakes debut, scoring by a half-length from outsider Duff One.
Belmont Oaks winner Minorette was fourth of four, though less than two lengths covered the entire field for this $300,000 contest.