Despite her sixth-place finish in the Test Stakes in her previous start, Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone's Optimistic Gal was sent off at even-money odds and rolled to a 16-length triumph in stakes-record time in the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 14, 1976. Dona Maya finished second at 36-1 odds but was disqualified and placed fourth for interference, elevating 8-5 second choice Javamine to second.

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