March 24, 2014
Our friend/client, Jim Miller won the Bourbonette Oaks on Saturday with his filly AURELIA'S BELLE. Nicoma Bloodstock purchased this filly on behalf of Jim Miller at the 2012 Keeneland Sept. Sale for $170,000. According to AURELIA'S BELLE's trainer, Wayne Catalano, her next stop is the Kentucky Oaks.
PURE ROMANCE BOURBONETTE OAKS-GIII,
$126,000, TPX, 3-22, 3yo, f, 1m (AWT), 1:38 4/5, ft.
1--AURELIA'S BELLE, 118, f, 3, by Lemon Drop Kid
1st Dam: Aurelia, by Danzig
($170,000 yrl '12 KEESEP). O-James F Miller;
B-Alexander - Groves - Matz (KY); T-Wayne Catalano;
J-Channing Hill. $72,850. Lifetime Record: 5-2-1-2,$176,450. Werk Nick Rating: B+. .
2--Sloane Square, 118, f, 3, Giant's Causeway--Marylebone, by Unbridled's Song.
3--Katie's Eyes, 118, f, 3, Leroidesanimaux (Brz)--Get an Eye Full, by Cape Town.
Margins: 2 1/4, 2HF, 2 3/4. Odds: 3.70, 2.20, 18.20.
Hailing from the productive female family of champion Althea, Aurelia's Belle was bet way down
from her morning line into 17-10 favoritism and defeated a trio of next-out winners going six furlongs
over the Keeneland all-weather Oct. 12. She kicked off her 3-year-old season with a distant third behind
“TDN Rising Star” Sweet Whiskey (Old Fashioned) in the GIII Old Hat S. at Gulfstream Jan. 4
before improving by one spot to the illfated Onlyforyou (Malibu Moon) in the GII Forward Gal S. Jan. 25. She
stretched out to two turns for the first time in the GII Davona Dale S. Feb. 22, rounding out the trifecta
behind Onlyforyou and was returning to the Poly for this off a bullet five-eighths move (:59, 1/22) at Keeneland Mar. 18. Away in good order, Aurelia's Belle settled just in behind the leading trio into the first turn and was able to slide around Super Sky (Sky Mesa) and into a ground-saving position as the field hit the backstretch. Stormy Novel (Bernardini) and favored Sloane Square (Giant's Causeway) refused to let each other out of their sights and were pressed along by Zensational Bunny (Zensational) to their outside as Aurelia' s Belle bided her time at the wood. Channing Hill let the latter creep closer under a hold leaving the three-eighths pole, was gifted a three-wide bid when Zensational Bunny
called it a day nearing the stretch, hit the front soon after and worked home best of all for the win. "She
was really comfortable the entire race," Hill explained. "The speed went ahead but she sat behind them. She
showed her class today. She tipped out and she didn't even fully extend herself. She was geared down once
she left her company." Winning trainer Wayne Catalano confirmed the May 2 GI Kentucky Oaks as the next stop for Aurelia's Belle.