Kentucky Juvenile S. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 5f ,)
Northern Afleet Apt to Star , by Aptitude
BVegso Racing Stable, FL.; OSteven Michael Bell; TWesley A. Ward
Trippi Chi Sa , by Bold Ruckus
BHarold J. Plumley, FL.; OAbrams, Robert, Brewer, Ron, Dutko, Mitch and Ward, Wesley, A.; TWesley A. Ward
Unbridled's Song La Paz , by Hold Your Peace
BSummer Wind Farm, KY.; OTwin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC; TTodd A. Pletcher
Margins: 1¼, 1½, 4½. Others: Western Smoke 120($5,467) , Gator Prowl 117($3,280) , Kinsolving 117($1,139) , Heavenville 120($1,139) , Kitty in the Bag 117($1,139) , Seattle Court 118($1,139) . Winning Jockey, Rene R. Douglas.
Aegean and Jealous Again ran one-two for trainer Wesley Ward in the April 30 Kentucky Juvenile (gr. III), the first graded race of Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs. Aegean, owned by Steven Michael Bell, and Jealous Again, owned by Robert Abrams, Ron Brewer, Mitch Dutko, and Ward, both came into the five-furlong race off runaway maiden wins over Keeneland Polytrack during that meetÕs opening weekend.
In the Kentucky Juvenile, Jealous Again broke on top from post 2 in the nine-horse field and grabbed the early advantage over Aegean, who broke from the rail under Rene Douglas. The two zipped through an opening quarter of :21.70. They were joined by Western Smoke on the outside around the turn. Straightening for the stretch run, Jealous Again had the lead, recording the half-mile time in :45.07. Douglas made a winning move by maneuvering Aegean off the rail to the center of the track to take an aim on the leader. The daughter of Northern Afleet ran down her stablemate in the final 100 yards to hit the wire in :58.24.
Aegean and Jealous Again were two of five fillies in the field. The winner was sent off at 9-1 while the runner-up was the 2-1 favorite. The Ward exacta returned $60.20. Both fillies were bred in Florida.
In her April 4 debut, Aegean broke from post 2 winning a 41Ú2-furlong maiden special weight by 31Ú2 lengths. Jealous Again had won her debut the day before over the same course, winning by an eye-popping 111Ú4 lengths.
The winner, who is out of the Aptitude mare Apt to Star, was bred by Peter VegsoÕs Vegso Racing Stable. Consigned to last yearÕs Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs August yearling sale by Cutting Edge Equine, agent, Aegean was purchased for $70,000 by Riley James.
Vegso offered Apt to Star for sale at the 2006 OBS October mixed sale while she was carrying the Kentucky Juvenile winner and bought her back for $27,000.
Apt to Star has a yearling filly by Good Reward named Star Reward and was bred to VegsoÕs Orchard Park for 2009. Orchard Park, a homebred son of Hennessy who was a two-time graded stakes winner, stands at The Racing Edge near Ocala, Fla., for $5,000.
Northern Afleet, the sire of Aegean, is the sire of 23 stakes winners including 2009 stakes winner Big City Man, winner of the Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (UAE-I). The sire of Preakness and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I) winner Afleet Alex stands at Taylor Made Stallions near Nicholasville, Ky. A Taylor Made/WinStar venture, Northern Afleet stands for $7,500.ÑE.I.H.