Sanford S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 6f ,)

AFLEET ALEX (B h, 120 lb) $90,000
Northern Afleet —Maggy Hawk , by Hawkster
B—John Martin Silvertand, FL.; O—Cash is King LLC; T—Timothy F. Ritchey

Flamenco (CH h, 122 lb) $30,000
Dance Master —Libre , by Fly So Free
B—Moloney & Thompson, FL.; O—Peachtree Stable; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Consolidator (CH h, 118 lb) $15,000
Storm Cat —Good Example (FR) , by Crystal Glitters
B—Pacelco S.A., KY.; O—Lewis, Robert B. and Beverly J.; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Margins: 5¼, neck, ¾. Others: Winning Expression 118($7,500) , Departing Now 120($4,500) , Lunarpal 122($500) , Smokescreen 118($500) , Calypso Band 118($500) , Maximus C 118($500) , Gold Joy 122($500) , Fire Path 118($500) . Winning Jockey, Jeremy Rose.

The winner of the July 29 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) is aptly named, no one doubting that he is very “afleet” of foot. Afleet Alex set a stakes record in the opening week Saratoga feature, breaking a mark set by Elocutionist 34 years earlier.

Afleet Alex ran the six furlongs in 1:09.32, besting Elocutionist’s time of 1:092/5. Jeremy Rose, who has been aboard Afleet Alex in all three of his career starts for trainer Tim Ritchey, had the colt sitting chilly in he early going of the Sanford, and then circled the field with ease on the turn and sprinted home an easy 51/4-lengths winner. The Northern Afleet colt was the lukewarm 3-1 favorite in the Sanford’s field of 11 juvenile males.

The victory was similar to Afleet Alex’s first two wins—he broke his maiden June 26 at Delaware Park by 111/4 lengths and won his second start there, an allowance event, by a dozen lengths July 12.

Afleet Alex was bred in Florida by John Martin Silvertand and sold in May this year at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale by Bobby Scanlon as agent. He was purchased by CJZ Racing Stable for $75,000 and races for Chuck Zackney’s Cash is King Stable.

Afleet Alex is the third foal produced from the Hawkster mare Maggy Hawk, who was bred by former Spendthrift Farm owner Ted Taylor and won one of four starts. Her first foal to race was a full brother to Afleet Alex named Unforgettable Max. Though Unforgettable Max, bred by John Devers and James Hatchett, failed to win a stakes, he certainly has came close. He has placed in five stakes—four graded—and earned $230,064.

Spendthrift bought Maggy Hawk back as a weanling for $10,000 at the 1994 Keeneland November sale. As a 2-year-old, at the 1996 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June auction, she was consigned by Clyde Rice’s Indian Prairie Ranch, agent, and purchased by Walter Nazarenke for $5,000.

In foal to Tour d’Or, Maggy Hawk was consigned to the 2004 Keeneland January sale as agent by Taylor Made Sales Agency but was listed as an out.

Afleet Alex is one of six stakes winners by Northern Afleet, an 11-year-old multiple graded stakes winning son of Afleet. Northern Afleet stands at Don Dizney’s Double Diamond Farm near Ocala, Fla. His 2004 stud fee was $5,000.—D.M.L.