Al is a very wise, old soul who has spent enough time at the track over the past 8 years to have seen a few things and it shows in his maturity. He is a campaigner and still has the drive to work, marching right along, just doing the job he thinks he is supposed to be doing. That does not mean he hasn’t been receptive to a new way of doing things, but if not given direction and a job he will become heavy in the rider’s hands and get a bit quick legged. Half halts, bending and slowing the rhythm is starting to make sense to him and has made him softer and more balanced even since the video was taken. Al likes having a job with a rider that has a plan and can communicate quietly and clearly to him and he will be more than willing to try to please. He is a fast learner, picking up concepts quickly, but the rider can’t be a novice rider at this time while he is transitioning into a new career. He was still racing 2 1/2 months ago.
Al greets you with a wise once over and is happy for attention, just watching to see what you are going to do next, and is quiet for grooming or tacking up. He has a fun time playing with his turn out buddy, but prefers to spend his time outside grazing. Al has no vices and no known injuries, but having a long racing career comes some dents and dings so he would be better suited to lower level pursuits.
Alisa’s Engineer is by MGSW Imperialism, earner of $900,000 in 29 starts, place 3rd in the ’04 Kentucky Derby, 6-5-3. Imperialism is by Canadian Champion Langfuhr, earner of $698,000 in 23 starts and he is by Danzig. Imperialism’s dam is by MGSW Pass the Tab, earner of $463,000 in 33 starts. Alisa’s Engineer is out of SW Alisa’s Hope who is by MGSW Suave Prospect, earner of $730,000 in 36 starts, 6-14-4 and out of a Prince Alydar mare. Suave Prospect is by GSW Fortunate Prospect, earner of $439,000 in 39 starts, 13-5-3.