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My Miss Aurelia: A 2013 Forecast

The older female division for 2012 was certainly not lacking in talent, excitement and glamour. As exciting as 2012 was in the distaff division, 2013 is setting up to be an even more spectacular display of the nation’s best fillies and mares. Royal Delta added a second stellar year to her record and became the first back-to-back winner of the Breeders’ Cup Ladies' Classic, (Gr.1) since superstar Baykoa won back-to-back runnings in 1989 and 1990, in early November of this year. A failed attempt to win the Dubai World Cup did little to diminish her status as an elite runner and she finished up the year with two consecutive Grade 1’s, and will enter 2013 once again as the title holder for divisional honors. It doesn’t appear she has reached the limit of her potential and in fact, she looked better than ever winning the Breeders’ Cup Ladies' Classic, so it wouldn’t be considered absurd to predict another championship season from such a talented, capable filly. But many challenges lie in her path in the coming year if she is once again to conquer the championship. The talent pool she faces in 2013 may be the toughest she has faced yet and the biggest threat could come from a champion who was handed her first ever career defeat by Royal Delta.

 

That filly is My Miss Aurelia, 2011 Champion 2-year-old Filly and an undefeated wonder until a very game and impressive second place finish behind Royal Delta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies' Classic. After posting a 4-for-4 campaign in 2011 that was so impressive it garnered her a number of Horse of the Year votes, My Miss Aurelia sat on the sidelines for almost nine months nursing a shin injury before an explosive comeback victory in the Mandy Gold Stakes at Saratoga in August. The competition wasn’t exceptional, but the class she showed in winning after a bad stumble at the break was. After nabbing Questing at the wire in the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes one month later to remain undefeated, My Miss Aurelia ran a courageous second to Royal Delta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies' Classic (Gr.1). That effort showed just how exceptional of a filly My Miss Aurelia is. To run that well off a foundation of just two races after missing almost 9 months’ worth of training is nothing short of awesome.

 

If there is any horse in the nation that can challenge Royal Delta for the divisional leadership in 2013, my money would be solidly on My Miss Aurelia, and since Royal Delta is once again heading to Dubai to contest the World Cup, I’d say My Miss Aurelia could very well get the jump on her if she begins a strong conquest in the home land. That conquest could be set to start the day after Christmas at Santa Anita when My Miss Aurelia faces an excellent field that includes the lightning fast Reneesgotzip, as well as graded stakes winner Mama Kimbo and stakes winner Candrea, in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes. If My Miss Aurelia is the filly many racing enthusiasts believe her to be, the La Brea Stakes (gr.1) will simply prove to be another exciting stepping stone on the path for a brilliant filly’s journey to greatness. One thing is for sure; if she wins the La Brea, she will almost surely be crowned the nation's Champion 3-year-old filly, and rightfully so.
 

 

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I cast another vote for MMA in 2013. I look forward to seeing her run in New York.
Why run her in New York in small non-competitive fields? With the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita again, they should run her there as much as possible this year.
  • KyOaksRunner · The La Brea Stakes is run at Santa Anita in California (not sure if that's what you were referring to) not New York. · 632 days ago
I totally agree with you 100%! MMA is such a great filly and I hope that Mrs. Banke keeps her running for another year. MMA is such a talented filly and I think she will give RD a run for her money next year.
Great to see your writing again, Brian ! I agree, Royal Delta is still getting better and she likes to play. My Miss Aurelia is tough as nails. This is going to be fun. DWC pick: Royal Delta. I've never picked against her. About the La Brea, yes, a must win for My Miss Aurelia to be considered for the 3 yo filly Eclipse. She just didn't have enough races to go on so far this year, but the second to Royal Delta after only two prior races in '12 was impressive, as you stated. My top choice for that award is Lady Of Shamrock.
  • KyOaksRunner · That's awesome Mary, I remember I actually caught Royal Delta's maiden win and saying that she was my Kentucky Oaks picks. I'm a huge fan of both fillies and I would love to see them meet again next year! · 633 days ago

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 Meet Brian Appleton 

Thoroughbred Horse Racing is my passion.  It started when at the age of 9 I found a book called Come On Seabiscuit by Ralf Moody on my Mother’s shelf.  Reading that book was one of the most exciting things I ever did as a kid. I read that book so many times that I had entire chapters committed to memory and the dust jacket worn and ripped beyond recognition from so much use. From that point on I was hopelessly addicted, reading every book on horse racing I could get my hands on, especially racehorse biographies. In 2009 I began my own blog called Rail Runner on wordpress and have continued to blog there to this day.

Curlin is probably my favorite racehorse of all time. Being able to attend six of his races will always be one of the highlights of my life. Whenever I need to re-find some inspiration in my life all I need to do is watch one of his incredible victories and relive the memories. Rachel Alexandra ranks right up there too. As any horse racing fan will tell you it’s almost impossible to choose just one favorite and I am no exception. Phar Lap and Citation are another two of my all time favorites and the list could go on and on.

I was homeschooled my entire life by my parents and graduated High School in 2006 at the age of 17.  Currently I am completing my Marketing degree with the hopes of entering the Thoroughbred Horse Racing field as a writer/journalist , or in the marketing/advertising/promotions side of the industry.

It is my dream to someday become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and win major races across the United States. Who wouldn't want that, right?  For about 1 ½ years I was part owner in a racehorse, Lord Greystoke raced, and owned by Hibiscus Stables. I was able to attend one of his races at Belmont Park on Kentucky Derby day, May 2, 2009 and it was an incredible experience. While Lord Greystoke finished 7th in the race, being able to stand in an owner’s box not 30 feet away from Penny Chenery’s owner’s box was one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

Later in the year Lord Greystoke was finally able to break through with a 4 ½ length win which made me feel like one of the world’s most accomplished thoroughbred owners and further fueled my appetite. I think it would be rally neat to win the Appleton Stakes (Gr.3) at Gulfstream Park, even though I'm generally a bigger fan of dirt racing I can't help but think it would be neat for me to win a race with the same name as my last name.

That’s me in a nutshell, just a very passionate, driven young guy that wants to be a part of this amazing sport and share the adventure with other fans.