He Is Afleet...Again

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He is Afleet...Again

Afleet Again (colt; Afleet Alex - Lucky Again by Wild Again) made a good appearance on the race track before the Withers Stakes (gr. III), but he was facing a big challenge from multiple graded stakes winner D' Funnybone, who was held at 3-5. Afleet Again was not given much of a chance at 24-1. Castaneda went to the lead. Afleet Again was in the mix early, but soon dropped back. D' Funnybone was off a beat slow, moved to get involved, and had to check hard. He recovered to press pacesetter Castaneda. They were setting some ambitious fractions up there: :21.60, :43.82. Ibboyee was seemingly in the catbird seat, sitting in third. He hit the front in the stretch. But, back on the scene was Afleet Again. He closed with a rush to win easily by 1.5 lengths. Spangled Star got by D' Funnybone to finish third. Check out the show payoffs, seems like there was quite a bit of money bet on D' Funnybone to show. Grade III winner Afleet Again now has 3 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 10 starts, with earnings of $177,950. Watch the Replay. Read more about the Withers here.

Result: April 24, 2010
Aqueduct Race 9
Withers Stakes (gr. III)

Afleet Again $51.00
$9.90
$46.60
Ibboyee  
$3.90
$10.00
Spangled Star  

$54.00

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Other Three-Year-Old Results

Sweet Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Sweet Kassidy by Saint Ballado) finished second in her 1 1/16 mile Allowance race at Camarero.

Tom Kitten (gelding; Kitten's Joy - Coax Classic by Caveat) was far back early in his mile turf Allowance at Aqueduct, but he came running late to finish third. Watch the Replay.

Alex's Vision (colt; Afleet Alex - Urban Dancer by Citidancer) started slowly, and ran on late to finish third in his Maiden Special Weight at Penn National. Watch the Replay.

Tenacious Allison (filly; Rock Hard Ten - Allison P. by Unbridled) finished 5th in her Maiden Claiming race at Churchill Downs. Watch the Replay.

Dynazaper (filly; Ghostzapper - Broad Dynamite by Broad Brush) was scratched from race 9 at Churchill Downs, an Allowance scheduled for a mile on the turf, as it was run on the sloppy main track.

April 25 Entries

Stakes Entry

Bear's Hard Ten (colt; Rock Hard Ten - Playforme by Gone West), who won the 1 1/16 mile Display Stakes at Woodbine last year, makes his 3-year-old debut in the 6 furlong Woodstock Stakes at that track. He's 6-1 on the morning line, and faces 6 opponents. The morning-line favorite is Wildcat Frankie, who was 2nd in the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream in January. Also of interest are stakes winner Fearless Cowboy, who took the 2009 Colin Stakes at Woodbine, and finished 2nd in the Victoria Stakes and 3rd in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) last year; and stakes winner Gary D, who won the OBS Sprint Stakes in February. Post time is 4:39 PM ET. Bear's Hard Ten has been prepping for his return on the dirt training track at Woodbine, most recently going 5 furlongs in 1:02.40 on April 18.

Other Three-Year-Old Entries

Kitten in a Pinch (gelding; Kitten's Joy - Caught in a Pinch by Stormy Atlantic) debuts in race 2 at Fonner Park, a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight. Post time is 2:57 PM ET. He most recently worked 4 furlongs in :51.23 on April 14. He is out of the mare Caught in a Pinch, who was a debut winner. Caught in a Pinch is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Di Colas Ex.

I Am Indy (colt; Saint Liam - Teenage Temper by A. P. Indy) faces 8 in race 6 at Churchill Downs, a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Claiming race. Post time is 3:13 PM ET. I Am Indy has run 5 times without placing, most recently finishing 5th in a mile and a sixteenth Maiden Special Weight at Keeneland on April 11. However, this will be his first race on dirt, and that plus the class drop may change the result.

April 26 Entries

Russian Kitten (filly; Kitten's Joy - Nikita by Slew City Slew) goes in race 5 at Thistledown, a 5 furlong Claiming race. Post time is 3:28 PM ET. Russian Kitten last ran on December 31, when she broke her maiden in a 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Hawthorne. She last worked 4 furlongs in :49.40 at Thistledown on April 17.

Vivacious Anna (filly; Afleet Alex - Petite Chatte by Storm Cat) runs in race 10 at Mountaineer, a 6 furlong Claiming race. Post time is 10:45 PM ET. Vivacious Anna has 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 9 starts. Last time out, she won a 6 furlong Claiming race at Mountaineer on April 17.

New Workers

April 24

Barn Cat (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Elusive Gold by Strike the Gold) worked 3 furlongs in :39.00 at Thistledown. Barn Cat sold for $160,000 as a weanling, and is half to 3 winners, including grade III winner Gouldings Green.

Purple Cat (filly; Bluegrass Cat - Swift Girl by Unbridled) went 3 furlongs in :39.80 at Vinery Stable. She sold for $550,000 as a yearling, and is half sister to stakes winner Quick Little Miss and grade I winner Sky Diva, both of which won at 2.

Sacred Class (filly; Rockport Harbor - Queen Evelyn by Hennessy) worked 3 furlongs in :38.60 at Calder. She is a half sister to 2 winners, one of which won at 2. Her dam, Queen Evelyn, is a half or full sister to 8 winners, including grade III winner Belong to Me.

Returning Workers

April 24

Call Me Swift (filly; Bernardini - Call Me Fleet by Afleet) worked 3 furlongs in :38.80 at Vinery Stables.

Cobalt Cat (colt; Bluegrass Cat - Afternoon Dreams by Afternoon Deelites) worked 3 furlongs in :38.00 at Keeneland.

Burke's Book (colt; Rockport Harbor - Not for Turning by Deputy Minister) worked 3 furlongs in :38.60 at Vinery Stable.

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Slew

Wow...The withers was more exciting than the Cliff's Edge.  And Afleet Again looked as though he's ready for more distance.

...what blazing fractions.  Do you suppose this showing bodes well for Dublin's chances in the Derby?   D'Funnybone was really cut off, and then just seemed to lose heart.

25 Apr 2010 6:56 AM
OldFashionedRunner

I am very happy that Afleet Alex is a great sire so far! I have heard so much stuff about his offspring and wow. They remind me of him.

25 Apr 2010 11:35 AM
anna

the pace got d'funnybone more than the mile did. but spped demon is entered on the 28th at churchill downs and he's also nominated for the kentucky juvenile at churchill downs. but the kentucky juvenile is probably where lou brissie will race next since he's also nominated

25 Apr 2010 11:45 AM
Katherine

I have followed Afleet Alex since his early racing career. It was a shame his career was cut short. When his first foals were shown I was impressed. I think he is an amazing sire. It seems like he throws size even though his is not a particularly large stallion. Can't wait to follow his runners.

25 Apr 2010 5:45 PM
Fran Loszynski

I knew you could do it Afleet Again!

You have the heart of an angel and your owners knew you had it in you!

WOW WHAT A RACE!  Against favorites you shined!!

All I can say now is

GO DUBLIN, GO DUBLIN, GO DUBLIN

26 Apr 2010 7:20 AM
spitting the bit

You go Alex!  I concur that it was a shame that Afleet Alex's career was cut short,  And, seemingly unfair that he lost the Juvenile Breeders Cup to Wilco, that I don't think ever won again, and darn it to Giacomo and Closing Argument in the Derby.  I hope his babies do well.  Good Luck Dublin!!

26 Apr 2010 11:31 AM
bellesforever

I have been following Afleet Again since his maiden win in Philly.I was very disappointed with his last two rides..Wide all the way around..now with a good ride he shines! Maybe we will see him in some longer races he certainly looks like he will love the distance I too loved alex and am so happy to see his kids doing so well on the track.

Run Dublin run!

26 Apr 2010 1:12 PM

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