March 30, 2005 |
Kentucky Derby hopeful Afleet Alex, who finished sixth in the $250,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 19, showed no lingering signs of a lung infection after being examined on Monday. "He was scoped [an endoscopic examination] after he galloped," trainer Tim Ritchey told the Daily Racing Form yesterday. "There was no sign of any infection. " Delaware Park-based Afleet Alex received antibiotics following the Rebel, a prep race for the $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 16. Ritchey said he may need to reevaluate his plans.
March 6, 2005 |
Afleet Alex was made the 7-5 program favorite for yesterday's $50,000 Mountain Valley Stakes at Oaklawn Park. That, of course, would have been a bargain. "I would have bet a lot," trainer Tim Ritchey said of the surprisingly high morning-line odds. "So would I," jockey Jeremy Rose added. As expected, Delaware Park-based Afleet Alex went off at much lower odds. And as expected, Afleet Alex, as the 1-5 favorite, easily handled five rivals in the Mountain Valley, a 6-furlong race that launched the colt's 3-year-old campaign.
March 21, 2005 |
Angel Cordero Jr., the agent for jockey John Velazquez, called trainer Tim Ritchey yesterday morning to assure him that Velazquez would return to Oaklawn Park April 16 to ride Afleet Alex in the Arkansas Derby. Afleet Alex finished last in the field of six in Saturday's Rebel Stakes, won by Greater Good by one-half length over Rockport Harbor. Ritchey reported afterward that Afleet Alex was suffering from a lung infection and would be treated with antibiotics for a week before returning to training.
March 4, 2005 |
Down at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., they're getting the idea that Tim Ritchey might make a pretty fair poker player. The Delaware Park-based trainer of top Kentucky Derby contender Afleet Alex kept it pretty hush-hush that he wanted to put his colt in a six-furlong race tomorrow. But when the entries came out yesterday for the $50,000 Mountain Valley Stakes at Oaklawn, Afleet Alex was among them. He is ready to make his 3-year-old debut, with Jeremy Rose riding, in Afleet Alex's first race since placing second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
May 16, 2005 |
Afleet Alex, third in the Kentucky Derby and the expected Preakness favorite, jogged a mile and galloped 2 miles under exercise rider Salamon Diego yesterday. Afleet Alex remains the only Preakness starter at Pimlico. "The most important thing is he's training over the track where he's going to run," trainer Tim Ritchey said. Meanwhile, Giacomo galloped a mile at Churchill Downs yesterday, and trainer John Shirreffs pronounced his Kentucky Derby winner ready for next Saturday's Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown.
April 27, 2005 |
Possible Kentucky Derby favorite Afleet Alex worked five furlongs in 59 seconds yesterday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 7 Run for the Roses. The Delaware Park-based colt's fractions were 12 2/5 seconds, 24, 35 2/5, and 46 3/5, with a six-furlong gallop-out in 1 minute, 12 2/5 seconds. It was the fastest workout of the 29 horses going that distance and 1 2/5 seconds better than the second-fastest work. "Everything was exactly what we wanted," trainer Tim Ritchey told Bloodhorse.
May 14, 2010 |
Five years ago, their horse was dazzling in the Preakness Stakes. Sports Illustrated called it the horse-racing performance of the decade. Afleet Alex almost went to his knees after clipping heels with a horse named Scrappy T before righting himself and running away with the Preakness. Five years later, a son of Afleet Alex - Dublin, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby and is 10-1 in the Preakness morning line, trained by D. Wayne Lukas - is slated to leave the Preakness starting gate.
April 13, 2005 |
Kentucky Derby hopeful Afleet Alex had an impressive workout yesterday at Oaklawn Park with jockey Jeremy Rose aboard, showing no signs of the lung infection that helped cause his last-place finish in the March 19 Rebel Stakes. Delaware Park-based Afleet Alex finished the five-furlong workout in 58.3 seconds, including fractions of 12.3, 24.2, 35 and the half mile in 46.1. A field of 11 or 12 is expected for Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby, with the draw being held today. Afleet Alex, however, is also nominated for the $75,000 Northern Spur Breeders' Cup Stakes at one mile Saturday.
March 7, 2005 |
Finally, some Kentucky Derby buzz. From Florida to Arkansas to California, 3-year-olds were out in force Saturday trying to show whether they truly are contenders for the Derby just 2 months away. Afleet Alex and Declan's Moon won in their long-awaited seasonal debuts, while High Fly soared to victory in the 1 1/8-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes at Florida's Gulfstream Park. The results solidified Afleet Alex and Declan's Moon's rankings as 1-2 in the latest Run to the Roses' Top 10, while High Fly moves in for the first time at No. 4. Alex Afleet won the Mountain Valley Stakes at Hot Springs, Ark., while Declan's Moon won the $200,000 Santa Catalina Stakes in Arcadia, Calif.
May 4, 2005 |
You think Afleet Alex trainer Tim Ritchey was satisfied with his horse's final workout before the Kentucky Derby? Right after yesterday morning's half-mile breeze, Ritchey was still on the track on his pony when he pulled an Afleet Alex button out of his pocket and flipped it to a fan who had been cheering for the horse along the rail. The colt from Delaware Park breezed the half-mile at Churchill Downs in 48 2/5 seconds, exactly what Ritchey had told Afleet Alex's owners he was looking for. "He warmed up properly, finished very well, [going the last furlong]