Constitution Maiden Wins Juvenile Mile at Kentucky Downs

Aspenite | Coady

KENTUCKY DOWNS JUVENILE MILE S., $499,286, Kentucky Downs, 9-10, 2yo, 1mT, 1:38.17, fm.
1–ASPENITE, 118, c, 2, by Constitution
1st Dam: Aspening, by Candy Ride (Arg)
2nd Dam: Motokiks, by Storm Cat
3rd Dam: Matoki, by Hail to Reason
($375,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN.
O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC; B-Glen Hill Farm (KY);
T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Cristian A. Torres. $294,150.
Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-0, $350,450.
2–Tough Little Nut, 118, c, 2, Palace Malice–Celestial Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy. ($20,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE.
O-Town and Country Racing, LLC; B-Austin Paul & Brenda
Paul (KY); T-Chris M. Block. $96,500.
3–Mozlzil, 120, c, 2, Uncle Mo–Southern Strike, by Smart
Strike. ($160,000 Wlg '21 KEENOV; $160,000 2yo '23
EASMAY). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-FMQ Stables, Inc.; B-John D.
Gunther & Eurowest Bloodstock Services (KY); T-Brad H.
Cox. $48,250.
Margins: 3 1/4, 2, 1HF. Odds: 6.53, 10.76, 2.59.
Also Ran: Rose Collector, Legal Titan, Good Bali, Sambalover, Gamblin George, Value Engineer, Blue Eyed George, Baytown Parfait, Billy the Greek.

Aspenite went into the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile S. a maiden and came out a stakes winner. The colt, a $375,000 Keeneland September purchase for Winchell Thoroughbreds, broke with running on his mind and went straight to the front, but had company through the :22.59 first quarter. He got a little breather from the crowd prior to setting the :45.25 half, all the while holding firm to his rail spot. Kicking clear in the lane, Aspenite swapped to his wrong lead for much of the stretch but wasn't for catching and finished 3 1/4 lengths clear of Tough Little Nut, who had closed from several lengths back.

Second just 10 days ago by a half-length when caught late going six furlongs over this course, Aspenite's only other previous start resulted in a fourth in an off-the-turf maiden Aug. 5 at Saratoga.

“He was nominated [to the stakes] because of the possibility [of running back after the earlier Kentucky Downs start],” explained winning trainer Steve Asmussen. “He's a horse with a nice level of ability. Not exactly surprised he got a little lost [when he had a clear lead] the first time here. He sees everything. It's just kind of how he is. But he benefitted from the experience and cashed in on a very good day.”

Bred by Glen Hill Farm in Kentucky, Aspenite is out of a half-sister to MGSW & MGISP Keertana (Johar), MGSW & GISP Snow Top Mountain (Najran), and GSW Diversy Harbor (Curlin). Aspening has a yearling colt by Medaglia d'Oro, who is entered Wednesday as hip 437 in the Keeneland September sale, and an Apr. 3 colt by War of Will. She was bred back to War Front. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

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