Alfarabi worthy of trainer's confidence
Abdullah Almaddah’s colt Alfarabi showed a new distance dimension today by winning an allowance event at Santa Anita in his 3-year-old debut going 1 1/8 miles on the turf under jockey Garrett Gomez. He broke a bit awkwardly, but quickly recovered and was forwardly placed just off the pace. He responded nicely when asked at the top of the stretch, taking the lead at the eighth pole and holding on gamely to win by ˝ length.
The gray son of Yes It’s True had previously run his best races at distances of a mile or under, breaking his maiden and finishing second in the Eddie Logan Stakes going a mile on the turf. His lone try over a mile in the Norfolk Stakes GI going 1 1/16 miles was one of only two races off the board, but trainer Eoin Harty had enough confidence to try him at the longer distance and he did not disappoint.
“He is clearly a better horse on the turf and will now go hunting bigger game,” said Harty.
Alfarabi was bred in Kentucky by Hargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton and Mark Mullen. He was purchased at the 2009 OBS March 2-year-olds in training sale for $210,000 by bloodstock agent Tim McMurry. He is out of the Rubiano mare Linda Coqueta.