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(gr. III , 8.5f , to Afleet Express, Afleet Again, defeating Nacho Friend, Jackson Bend, Schoolyard Dreams ).
The Beck familyÕs Gainesway Farm had plenty to cheer about in the June 19 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park. The top two finishers, Afleet Express and Afleet Again, are by 2005 champion and dual classic winner Afleet Alex, who stands at Gainesway near Lexington. In addition, Afleet Express races for Gainesway and Martin L. Cherry.
The Pegasus, at 11Ú16 miles, was Afleet ExpressÕ first added-money start and the coltÕs initial race beyond seven furlongs. In Afleet ExpressÕ previous start, he recorded a striking 105 Beyer Speed Figure in a 73Ú4-length allowance triumph at seven furlongs May 22 at Belmont Park. Despite that impressive effort, Jackson Bend, who ran third in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), went off as the odds-on favorite in the Pegasus.
Afleet Express, the 2-1 second choice, took the lead at the top of the stretch after racing close to the pace and finished 13Ú4 lengths in front of Afleet Again. Jackson Bend, who led briefly after six furlongs, ran fifth.
Afleet AgainÕs ties to Afleet Alex go beyond just being his son. Afleet Again, who won the Withers Stakes (gr. III) in April, races for Cash is King, which campaigned Afleet Alex.
Afleet Express is the product of a foal share between McMillin Brothers and James Devaney. At the time Afleet Express was conceived, brothers Robert, Pat, and Bruce McMillin owned McMillin Brothers Farm near Georgetown, Ky. Robert McMillin died in October 2006. The three brothers and Devaney also were the breeders of Afleet ExpressÕ older stakes-winning half brother Reporting for Duty.
McMillin Brothers Farm now is owned by Pat and Bruce in partnership with RobertÕs widow, Mary.
Robert and Mary McMillinÕs son, Lee, also is a Central Kentucky horseman. He owns Amende Place near Paris. Mary and Lee own Afleet ExpressÕ 4-year-old half sister For Spacious Skies, who is in foal to Afleet Alex for 2011.
Afleet Alex, whose classic wins came in the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has sired seven stakes winners, including five this year. Afleet AlexÕs fee at Gainesway is $15,000.ÑD.S.
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