Bet on the Alabama Stakes

Bet on the Alabama Stakes

The Alabama Stakes is one of the premiere American events for thoroughbred fillies three years of age. This race takes place at the Saratoga Race Course on the dirt track at a distance of 1 1/4 miles. Established in 1872, the Alabama Stakes was named after the state at the request of William Cottrill, who preferred modesty rather than having the race named after him by the Saratoga Association. This Grade 1 race recently ascended to become the third leg for the American Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing.

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Alabama Stakes Betting Odds

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2015 Alabama Stakes Contenders

The field is set for the 2015 edition of the Alabama Stakes and while the sophomore filly division has been so far lacking a standout star, Curalina will try to cement her bid at the three-year-old filly Eclipse Award with a third straight Grade 1 victory.

Tabbed as the heavy favorite for the powerhouse Todd Pletcher barn, Curalina has rapidly ascended the ranks since breaking her maiden at Gulfstream Park in March. From there, she took an optional claiming race at Churchill Downs and then made the major step up to stakes competition in the Acorn Stakes (G1). She passed that test with flying colors and went on to prove that was not a fluke performance with an emphatic win in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).

She will have some major opposition from a pair of fillies from the barn of Larry Jones,  Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Lovely Maria and her formidable stablemate I’m a Chatterbox. 

Here is the field for the 2015 Alabama Stakes along with morning line odds.

1. Danette, 12-1

2. Curalina, 7-5

3. Lovely Maria, 5-1

4. I’m a Chatterbox, 5-2

5. Embellish the Lace, 10-1

6. Include Betty, 8-1

7. Sweetgrass, 12-1

Did you know?

As one of the longest running races for fillies, the Alabama Stakes attracts significant competition due to its historical stature. A purse of $600,000 with the chance to finish a sweep of the Triple Tiara also adds plenty of prestige to this Grade I race. Since the reconfiguration of the Triple Tiara, no horse has swept all three events, making the Alabama Stakes the potential destination for a historical first.

Run every year since 1913, the Alabama Stakes is the oldest race for three-year-old fillies in the U.S., as well as the longest continually running event for these types of thoroughbreds. Fifteen recipients of the Eclipse Award for three-year-old fillies have won this race since 1971, displaying the depth of competition this event attracts. Considered one of the best-ever female thoroughbreds in history, Miss Woodford took the 1884 running of the Alabama Stakes. Since becoming a 1 1/4 mile race in 1917, the only horse to finish this race under 2:01 is Go for Wand, who set the record of 2:00.08 in 1990.