© Adam Coglianese MANDYS GOLD S.
, $98,000, SAR, 8-8, (R), 3yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:15 4/5, ft.
1--MY MISS AURELIA, 122, f, 3, by SmartStrike1st Dam: My Miss Storm Cat (SW & GSP, $190,026), by Sea of Secrets
2nd Dam: Urmia, by Meadowlake
3rd Dam: Chaldea, by Cutlass
($550,000 yrl '10 KEESEP). O-Stonestreet Stables & George Bolton; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Steven M Asmussen; J-Julien R Leparoux; $60,000. Lifetime Record: Ch. 2yo Filly, MGISW, 5-5-0-0, $1,440,000.
, 116, f, 3, Elusive Quality
--Contrive, by Storm Cat. O-Darley Stable. $20,000.
, 116, f, 3, Henny Hughes--Alinechka, by Danzig. ($70,000 RNA wlng '09 KEENOV; $15,000 yrl '10 KEESEP; $95,000 RNA 2yo '11 OBSMAR). O-Treadway Racing Stable. $10,000.
Margins: 3, 2HF, 1. Odds: 0.25, 5.00, 9.70.
My Miss Aurelia swept through the GII Adirondack S., GI Frizette S. and GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on her way to Eclipse Award honors for 2011. The unbeaten bay was sidelined with some shin problems thereafter, but was pronounced fit and ready for this belated return. Though the ground appeared to break from under her hind legs at the start, the champion was unperturbed beneath jockey Julien Leparoux and caboosed the field as Srumdiddlyumptious (Roman Ruler) set the pace. My Miss Aurelia ranged up four wide and, despite cocking her head at the grandstand and not changing leads, put away fellow challenger Delightful Quality and drew off late. "[Julien] thinks she slipped coming out of there instead of [going] down on her head, which would have been much worse," noted co-owner George Bolton. "He thinks she was looking at the stands the whole way down the stretch; that's why he couldn't get her to change leads. That was a nice piece of news from Julien that she was not in some kind of recovery mode, but was feeling good and was curious [about] what was going on." Trainer Steve Asmussen was relieved to see his star return. "It's great to see her back at the races," he said. "We wanted to be sure she was OK. She is tremendous. Her ability level is up. Her works this year have been amazing. I think she'll have a huge year." Click for the brisnet.comchart. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.