By Brian DiDonato
Albaugh Family Stables's Juju's Map (Liam's Map) threw her hat in the ring among what appears to be a solid juvenile filly division with a powerful victory in Friday's “Win and You're In” GI Darley Alcibiades S. at Keeneland. Reined in to avoid a speed duel heading into the first bend, the rail-drawn bay sat in a clear second as Runup (Runhappy) zipped along through splits of :22.75 and :46 flat. The 2-1 favorite took over midway on the home bend, and was briefly challenged by her stablemate Matareya (Pioneerof the Nile), but opened up at will once she straightened to report home a convincing 4 1/4-length winner. Pricey maiden Distinctlypossible (Curlin) got going late to be second, with longshot and GI Spinaway S. fourth Sequist (Nyquist) rounding out the trifecta.
“She's very talented to start with, but today it was tricky because there were a couple other speed horses,” said winning rider Florent Geroux. “From the one hole, you have to use speed to your advantage, to make sure they don't cross over and slow it down too fast. So I just wanted to break ahead so if they wanted the lead they would have to work for it, and that's what they did.
“I was able to ease her back in the first turn. From there she took a nice breather with me down the backside and from there I knew she was going to be pretty tough. Turning for home I saw [Matareya] coming up and she's pretty talented too, but when I asked her down the lane she gave me another gear, the kind of effort you want to see, and hopefully she's going into the Breeders' Cup in the right way.”
Juju's Map was second at odds-on sprinting at Ellis July 25 before breaking through at the Pea Patch by 5 3/4 lengths when stretched to a mile Sept. 3.
This was trainer Brad Cox's second Alcibiades win in three years–he took it in 2019 with eventual champion 2-year-old filly British Idiom (Flashback).
“She sat close to a hot pace and was still able to finish, and I thought, 'That's what good horses do.' She broke running, Florent put her in a good position and she finished up well,” Cox said. “I'm very proud of her performance. We'll obviously talk it over with the Albaugh team, and as long as she comes out of it in good order I think we'll march on toward California [and the Nov. 5 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies]. It was a good trip last time and hopefully she can show up and run her race and be very effective.”
DARLEY ALCIBIADES S.-GI, $400,000, Keeneland, 10-8, 2yo, f,
1 1/16m, 1:43.52, ft.
1–JUJU'S MAP, 122, f, 2, by Liam's Map
1st Dam: Nagambie, by Flatter
2nd Dam: Charming N Lovable, by Horse Chestnut (Saf)
3rd Dam: St Lucinda, by St. Jovite
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I
WIN. ($190,000 Ylg '20 KEEJAN; $300,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP).
O-Albaugh Family Stables LLC; B-Fred W. Hertrich (KY); T-Brad
Cox; J-Florent Geroux. $240,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0,
$280,800. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*.
2–Distinctlypossible, 122, f, 2, by Curlin
1st Dam: Funny Proposition (GSW, $230,295), by Medaglia d'Oro
2nd Dam: Humorous Miss, by Distorted Humor
3rd Dam: Starry Miss, by Star de Naskra
($200,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP; $670,000 2yo '21 OBSAPR).
O-Bradley Thoroughbreds, Finder, Gary, Belmar Racing and
Breeding, LLC, Cambron, Tim, Cambron, Anna and Team
Hanley; B-John C. Oxley (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $80,000.
3–Sequist, 122, f, 2, by Nyquist
1st Dam: Secret Garden (Per) (G1SW-Per), by Flanders Fields
2nd Dam: Naima, by Quiet American
3rd Dam: Nogalus, by Trempolino
($100,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-West Point Thoroughbreds,
Gervais, Lori, Pigg, Charles R., Andres, Tom, Stewart, Dallas
and Kraft, Karen; B-Clearsky Farms (KY); T-Dallas Stewart.
Margins: 4 1/4, NK, 1 1/4. Odds: 2.40, 7.80, 24.30.
Also Ran: Mama Rina, Dream Lith-(DH), Matareya-(DH), Penny Saver, Miss Interpret, Runup, Myfavoritedaughter, Pipeline Girl. Scratched: Diamond Wow. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
Liam's Map, bred by Dennis Albaugh, is now responsible for four Grade I winners and seven graded winners overall. Three of those four reached the highest level at two despite the fact that Liam's Map didn't blossom until four, when he took the GI Woodward S. and GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile locally.
Juju's Map is the 17th stakes winner (three graded including a Group 1 winner in Brazil) for Flatter as a broodmare sire. Her unplaced dam is half to GISW Fault (Blame). This is the extended female family of local Grade II winner Fioretti (Bernardini) and MGISW juvenile Bast (Uncle Mo).
Nagambie was acquired for just $14,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale. Her most recent produce was an Audible filly born Apr. 5 and she was bred back to another former Albaugh colorbearer in Not This Time for 2022.