Curlin-Lady Aurelia Juvenile Colt Romps to Rising Stardom; Royal Ascot Next

Stonestreet homebred American Rascal (c, 2, Curlin–Lady Aurelia, by Scat Daddy), the first foal out of the international superstar G1 Darley Prix Morny and G1 King’s Stand S. heroine Lady Aurelia, romped on debut in a jaw-dropping ‘TDN Rising Star’ performance for Wesley Ward over the Keeneland main track Thursday afternoon. A trip to Royal Ascot is next for the mighty Curlin‘s 24th ‘Rising Star.’

“He’s a super fast horse,” Ward said in the winner’s circle on Fan Duel TV. “The good thing about running at Ascot is that they go in and out of the races completely sound. That turf course there and at Keeneland are ideal–just so safe for all these fast 2-year-olds early in their career. We’ll center in on the Norfolk [at Royal Ascot]. Of course, we’ll talk it over with Ian Brennan and Barbara [Banke]’s team and Barbara herself. That’s what he was given to me for. His mother did so great over there. I really look forward to this guy. He’s gonna be something.”

Chasing a strong pace presence down the backstretch in Loudermilk (Bernardini), the bay colt tracked the leader from second around the far turn and into the stretch. With an aggressive turn of foot past the eighth pole, American Rascal moved by the fading pacesetter and ran on nicely to declare victory by 10 1/4 lengths. Prints Money (Munnings) was second.

The final time for 4 1/2 furlongs was :51.21.

The Stonestreet-bred and Ward-trained Lady Aurelia, a $350,000 KEESEP yearling purchase and campaigned by Stonestreet, George Bolton and Peter Leidel, brought $7.5 million from Stonestreet to dissolve a partnership at the 2018 FTKNOV sale. Lady Aurelia romped on debut for a ‘Rising Star’ performance of her own over the same course and distance in 2016. Lady Aurelia produced a filly by Into Mischief in 2022.

Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0.

O/B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Wesley Ward.

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