3rd-Belmont, $72,750, Msw, 9-9, 2yo, 1m, 1:37.23, sy.
AURELIUS MAXIMUS (c, 2, Pioneerof the Nile–La Reina, by A.P. Indy) was a high-priced RNA at Keeneland September last year and made his debut carrying the burgundy and gold colors of Stonestreet Stables July 28 at Saratoga. He closed respectably that day to finish third in a six-furlong maiden heat and was pounded down to 3-5 favoritism to graduate in this sloppy affair. Away without incident, he secured an ideal spot locked on the outer flank of well-backed Empire of War (Declaration of War) through a half-mile in :48.07. Moving willingly to the front soon after that juncture, the bay opened up a sizable advantage turning into the stretch and never looked back, bounding home 7 3/4 lengths in front of stablemate Fullness of Time, who closed from last to round out the exacta. Empire of War flattened out and settled for third. The winner’s dam La Reina (A.P. Indy), winner of the GIII Tempted S. and a half-sister to GISW Brahms (Danzig), is responsible for Chief Havoc (Giant’s Causeway), GSW, $192,300; and Special Event (Arch), MGSP, $108,330; as well as a yearling filly by Bodemeister. She was bred back to More Than Ready this spring. The winner’s second dam Queena (Mr. Prospector) was voted champion older mare in 1991. Sales History: $625,000 RNA Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-1, $51,450. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
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