Spoken Fur is expected to face a tough field in the Alabama. Other expected to start include Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Bird Town, Awesome Humor, Fircroft, Island Fashion, and City Fire.
When Spoken Fur takes the gate for Saturday's Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the Bobby Frankel-trainee will be looking for more than her sixth consecutive win. She'll be looking to sweep the inaugural edition of the Triple Tiara and receive a $2-million bonus for owners John and Jerry Amerman."To tell you the truth, I knew nothing about the bonus until I came up to watch the Coaching Club. If she wins it then God Bless and if not then that's good too, " said John Amerman during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference Tuesday. "I am a very superstitious person, so I don't want to say too much about Spoken Fur. I will let her do the talking for me on Saturday."Amerman privately purchased Spoken Fur following three consecutive wins, including a maiden win and back-to-back allowance scores, from her breeders Dr. Wilbur Johnston and George Smith."After the retirement of Lido Palace, I was talking with Bobby and saying that we didn't have any big fillies in the barn and he mentioned that he might have one I would be interested in purchasing," Amerman said. "After he went over the pedigree and some of her numbers, I said 'let's go for it' and the deal was closed in about three minutes. A couple of days later and he called and said he wanted to run in the Mother Goose and I thought it was a little ambitious, but we went for it and she won. Sometimes you have to have a little luck involved."Spoken Fur crushed the six-horse Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) field by five lengths then went on to score a three-length win in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I)."I have to give a lot of credit to Austin Smith (previous trainer of Spoken Fur) and to Bobby for getting her where she is today," Amerman said.