Juvenile Fillies Division
TrainerMark E. Casse
BreederPin Oak Stud, LLC
DamNo Use Denying
Perfect Alibi hasn’t needed many excuses in her four career starts: the filly has three firsts and one second.
She burst on the two-year-old scene in May at Churchill Downs, winning her debut in a maiden special weight by 9 ½ lengths. Next, she tried stakes company at Belmont and fell short by three-quarters of a length. She rebounded with a pair of graded stakes wins at Saratoga, in the Adirondack and Spinaway.
“She amazes because she's so laid-back. She doesn't get excited about anything, but when the gate opens, she's tough," Canadian Hall of Fame Trainer Mark Casse said.
Although the dark bay has gradually stretched out in each of her four starts, she has yet to go around two turns. But Casse isn’t worried.
"Look at her pedigree and physique. It shouldn't matter," he said. "This filly is just a fighter. She keeps coming. I think the farther she runs, the better she likes it.”
Rider Irad Ortiz Jr., who won the 2018 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, agrees.
"She has a lot of heart," he said. "She likes to fight, and she has a strong kick. I think she can go better going longer, but we'll enjoy this right now and see what happens next."
However, Casse said Perfect Alibi is not a morning girl.
"She doesn't show you the things in the morning that other good fillies do, but she shows it to you in the afternoon," he said.
Tracy Farmer owns Perfect Alibi. A member of The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, he has served on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and on the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors. Farmer and Casse teamed up to win this year’s Belmont Stakes with Sir Winston. Farmer also campaigned two-time Whitney Handicap winner Commentator.
Perfect Alibi’s father is Sky Mesa, and she gets her name from her mother, No Use Denying.