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Most Valuable Pony (Oct. 26-Nov. 1): Alexandria

by Jeremy Plonk

November 2, 2020

Each Monday, I’ll select my Most Valuable Pony from the previous week’s racing action around the country. Who won the week? It could be a breakout performer, a known stakes commodity or the horse lifting the most loot. Chime in on Twitter @Xpressbet with your thoughts on who should be each week’s MVP.

October 26-November 1, 2020

MVP: Alexandria

Owner: WinStar Farm and Blazing Meadows Farm

Trainer: Tim Hamm

Jockey: Gerardo Corrales

Performance: Constitution filly easily dispatched her rivals in the Oct. 31 $100,000 John W. Galbreath Stakes at Mahoning Valley. The 6-3/4 length victory was never in doubt as the 1-9 favorite ran her mark to 4-for-5 against fellow Ohio-breds. Her third of 9 in the Grade 3 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs behind Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies contender Girl Daddy underscores her talent on a broader scale.

On Tap: A return to Churchill Downs for the Grade 2 $200,000 Golden Rod on November 28 fits nicely on the calendar and on talent. She could be a top Florida filly over the winter on the Oaks path if she continues her development.

Honorable Mentions: The Chad Brown-trained Ingrassia nosed out stablemate Fluffy Socks to win Belmont Park’s Nov. 1 $80,000 Chelsea Flower on turf. At Woodbine, Dreaming of Drew stretched out nicely to 1-1/16 miles on synthetic with a 3-3/4 length victory in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes. Trainer Bret Calhoun’s Game Day Play rebounded from a defeat as the beaten favorite in the Kip Deville Stakes to win Remington Park’s Oct. 30 Clever Trevor Stakes for 2-year-olds, a key prep to the Dec. 18 rescheduled $200,000 Springboard Mile. And at Golden Gate, Baja Sur improved to 2-for-2 on the local Tapeta in winning the Nov. 1 $75,000 El Dorado Shooter Stakes, adding to last year’s Oakland Handicap.