2023 Alcibiades Stakes: Sweet success for Candied

There was a major shake-up at the top of the juvenile filly division at Keeneland on Friday, as the inexperienced Candied leapt straight into the big time when posting a breakthrough victory in the marquee G1 2023 Alcibiades Stakes.

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Alcibiades Stakes

G1, $600,000, 1m 1/16 dirt, 2yo fillies

Sweet success for Candied

The established contenders took a bath in the Alcibiades, the feature at Keeneland on Friday, as Candied went straight from a maiden to G1 glory when seeing off the favoured VV’s Dream and Alys Beach to book her spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Alys Beach set boilerplate fractions while Candied, the 4-1 third-choice, sat in midpack under Luis Saez before making up ground in a hurry around the outside on the turn. She was in front as they straightened up and kept on strongly under a drive to put away the persistent VV’s Dream, hitting the wire a length clear.

It was a long five and three-quarter lengths back to the fading Alys Beach, while the previously unbeaten Brightwork seemed to have stamina issues, dropping away to finish fifth.

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“She’s still learning, still green, but she must be pretty special to go from a maiden to winning a Grade 1 like this,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, winning his first Alcibiades.

Last year’s Alcibiades winner Wonder Wheel went on to strike at the Breeders’ Cup and that is the target for Candied, two-for-two and moving up fast.

2023 Alcibiades Stakes Race Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Candied10.164.583.38
2. VV’s Dream 2.862.60
3. Alys Beach  5.70

Winning time: 1m 44.17s

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