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Unbeaten Alms shines in G3 Jimmy Durante Stakes


Exciting two-year-old Alms continued her perfect record with a dominant victory in the mile G3 Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar, USA, on Saturday, 30 November.

The City Zip filly, stepping up in trip for trainer Michael Stidham following two six-furlong wins at Belmont Park including a cosy success in the G3 Matron Stakes in October, disputed the early running before settling in third on the inside rail after a furlong and a half.

Alms went second turning in and cruised up under Paco Lopez to take the lead from Laura’s Light entering the final furlong. She readily opened up daylight over her 10 rivals in the closing stages to score by two and three-quarter lengths in 1m 36.01s on good ground.

Michael Stidham said: “Alms is a special filly. We felt very confident that the step up to a mile was going to help her and she showed it today - the result was never in doubt.

“We will discuss where to go next with [Godolphin USA President] Jimmy Bell but we will probably give her a little freshening and have her ready for the spring and summer next year. She has a huge future ahead of her.”