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Ambidextrous Alex Stretches Out To Two Turns For Grade 3 Pegasus

Posted Friday, Jun 19, 2015

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Angel Serpa is back aboard Ambidextrous Alex as he stretches to two turns at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track for the first time for trainer Joan Scott in Sunday’s Grade 3 $150,000 Pegasus Stakes.

            In his latest outing, a $50,000 allowance/optional claimer going six furlongs over the Monmouth dirt on May 31, Ambidextrous Alex sat comfortably off the quick early pace of :21 2/5 and :44 1/5 and closed hard to finish second by less than a length.

            “He ran great last time out,” said Serpa. “He did a good job of just sitting off the pace and when he found a spot to run he had a great kick. He just missed in the end, but he galloped out and had plenty left after the wire. The distance shouldn’t be a problem.”

The 3-year-old gelding by Broken Vow out of the Mr. Greeley mare Bekagi, who is owned by Roger McDaniel, has worked just once since his last race. He went five furlongs on June 12 over a fast Monmouth main track in 1:02 2/5.


            “I’m just looking for a clean break and get into good position before the first turn,” said Serpa. “We will probably sit right off the pace and hopefully get space to get one good run.”

            Ambidextrous Alex will have to get by two stakes winners in order to grab his first: Bodhisattva, who won the Federico Tesio at Pimlico in April and was an entrant in this year’s Preakness, and Mr. Jordan, who won both the Smooth Air and Juvenile Sprint last November at Gulfstream.

            The Grade 3 Pegasus will be race 11 in Sunday’s 12-race card, which includes the Dan Horn Handicap. Gates open 11:30 a.m. First post 12:50 p.m.


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