June 16, 2014
Our friend/client, Jim Miller's Aurelia's Belle earned the second graded-stakes win of her career in her turf debut when she was placed first after a disqualification in the G3 Regret Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on Saturday night.
Ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Wayne Catalano, Aurelia's Belle commenced a wide rally from sixth at the top of the stretch and appeared to be headed to victory when the leader, A Little Bit Sassy, drifted out under Luis Saez and bumped Kiss Moon, who in turn was forced into Aurelia's Belle. After an inquiry and objection lodged by Velazquez, A Little Bit Sassy was placed fourth behind Aurelia's Belle, Personal Diary, and Kiss Moon.
Bred in Kentucky by Alexander-Groves-Matz, Aurelia's Belle is by Lemon Drop Kid out of the mare Aurelia. Nicoma Bloodstock purchased the filly on behalf of Jim Miller for $170,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2012.
Aurelia's Belle won the Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) on Polytrack in March, and then finished an uncharacteristic ninth, beaten almost 25 lengths, in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in May. She now has three wins in seven starts and earnings of $253,747.