Aly's Alley and Stokosky look like the horses to beat in a full field of 12 older horses entered in the Bougainvillea Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hialeah Park.
Aly's Alley made his seasonal debut at Gulfstream Park March 15 cruising home three lengths in front in the Fraise Stakes, his first start since the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in November.
Trained by Michael Tammaro, Aly's Alley emerged as a force in the turf division last year with excellent runner-up performances in the United Nations and Sword Dancer, both grade I events. The son of Alwushush finished ninth in the Breeders' Cup, but was beaten only five lengths by Eclipse champion Kalanisi.
Stokosky will be making his first start out of trainer Bill Mott's Payson Park headquarters after Gary Tanaka purchased the 5-year-old privately from breeder Santa Cruz Ranch.
Completing the talented field in the Bouganivillea are: A Little Luck (Mike Smith); El Mirasol (Eibar Coa); Grittie Sandie (Rene Douglas); An Oscar For Bert (Roger Velez); Rumsonontheriver (Eduardo Nunez); Devil Ray (Bill Henry); Lonely Place (Jason Eads); Make No Mistake (Jose Santos); Dillonmyboy (Corenlio Velasquez); No Complaints (Rosemary Homeister, Jr.).