Darley stallion Bernardini -- winner of the 2006 Preakness -- is the sire of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rasid al Maktoum's homebred bay colt, who launched his career with a victory on the final weekend of the 2011 Saratoga race Course season. He finished second to Union Rags in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont. Alpha was fractious in the gate of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and was in contention for a half-mile but slowed and finished 11th. He returned to competition on January 7 at Aqueduct and won the Count Fleet Stakes by 2½ lengths. On February 4 at Aqueduct, he came from off the pace to win the Grade 2 Withers by 3¼ lengths before finishing second to Gemologist in the Wood Memorial Stakes in his final prep for the Kentucky Derby. Alpha never threatened while finishing 12th in the Kentucky Derby.
|September 05, 2014||Left Bank S.||BELMONT PARK||5|
|August 17, 2014||Alydar S.||SARATOGA||3|
|February 15, 2014||Mac Diarmida S.||GULFSTREAM PARK||2||5|