2nd at 5ARISTIDES S.
(gr. III , 6f , to Riley Tucker, defeating Cash Refund, Chief of Affairs, Cassoulet, Lissa's Star ).
Riley Tucker came through in a big way May 29 at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old son of HarlanÕs Holiday got through on the rail in the stretch to win the Aristides Stakes (gr. III). Finishing second was 124-pound highweight Atta Boy Roy, whose chances were compromised after breaking in the air, and third was 6-5 favorite Cash Refund.
The victory was the first in a stakes for Riley Tucker, who had finished second or third in nine others, six of which were graded.
Riley Tucker captured the six-furlong Aristides in 1:08.34 after trailing swift fractions of :21.33, :44.19, and :56.02.
ÒHe ran hard the whole way,Ó said winning rider Shaun Bridgmohan. ÒI rode him a couple times, and heÕs an honest horse and gives you what heÕs got. The fence opened up for him. He ran such a beautiful race.Ó
Riley Tucker was the second stakes winner of the day for owner Ahmed ZayatÕs Zayat Stables and trainer Steve Asmussen. About 30 minutes earlier at Philadelphia Park, Heart Ashley, a 4-year-old filly, won the $250,000 My Juliet Stakes.
Formal Gold is the breeder of Riley Tucker, who was bought by Zayat Stables for $375,000 at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from Gainesway, agent.
Formal Gold no longer owns Riley TuckerÕs dam, My Sweet Country. She was offered for sale in foal to Afleet Alex at the 2006 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Consigned by Gainesway, agent for Formal Gold, My Sweet Country was purchased for $120,000 by Chuck Zacney, a member of the partnership that raced Afleet Alex, the 2005 3-year-old champion and dual classic winner.
My Sweet CountryÕs youngest offspring, an Afleet Alex yearling colt, went through the 2010 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Consigned by Gainesway, agent, the colt was bought by Barry Weisbord as agent for Bobby Flay.
HarlanÕs Holiday has sired 15 stakes winners, including additional 2010 added-money winners Mendip and Choragus. The latter won the May 29 Wild Rose Stakes at Prairie Meadows. HarlanÕs Holiday stands for $25,000 at Brereton C. JonesÕ Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.ÑD.S.
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