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My Miss Aurelia is Queen of the Cotillion

Stride to stride. Nostril to nostril. Two proud fillies laid it all on the line this afternoon at Parx Racing, and when the dust settled one filly stood alone as the best three-year-old lass in the land. 
Going in, the one million dollar Cotillion looked like the matchup of the year in the division, and My Miss Aurelia and Questing certainly did not disappoint, but the former proved just a shade better and now regains the same lofty spot she relinquished earlier this year only because of inactivity.
Not only is Stonestreet Stable and George Bolton’s My Miss Aurelia an Eclipse Award winner, but she still owns an unblemished record in six lifetime starts. The smashing heroin of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall, which clinched a championship for the daughter of Smart Strike, showed all the heart and grit of a true champion today in only her second start of the season. 
After being restrained in the early stages by rider, Corey Nakatani, My Miss Aurelia was content to stalk, in close order, the slow pace set by the race favorite Questing. The pair stayed that way until the far turn when My Miss Aurelia joined the contest in earnest. As Questing turned wide to carry out her unbeaten foe, the Steve Asmussen champion dug in, and the two fillies embarked on a stretch-long battle of will and talent. The Canadian star, Dixie Strike, who had gotten within striking distance on the turn, was left in the rearview mirror, as the two fantastic sophomore fillies fought tooth-and-nail to the wire. It was not until the final few strides that My Miss Aurelia was able to gain any sort of discernible advantage, before finally winning by a head. Final time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:44.54.
Owner Barbara Banke may have said it best after the race, "She doesn't like to get beat."
With only a 6 ½ furlong race to draw from in the last ten months, you have to wonder just how good My Miss Aurelia may eventually be. The victory also sets up a juicy match-up in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic between her and the other undefeated female champion on the American racing landscape, Awesome Feather. If that isn’t enough, there are still fillies like Royal Delta, It’s Tricky, Include Me Out, and of course, Questing out there to make it possibly the most interesting race of the World Championships.
In fairness to the game runner-up, Questing was giving the winner seven pounds in the Cotillion, and now has a good battle under her belt going into the Ladies Classic, now only 41 days away.
As for the winner, the naming of My Miss Aurelia was one of the last racing related things that Jess Jackson did before his death. It seems he knew exactly what he was doing … this is a good one.
Photos courtesy of Matt Shifman 


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Marcello other than Frankel have you actually picked any winners lately?
Heck of a horse race the Cotillion was. I can't knock My Miss Aurelia for winning this battle straight up, but my opinion regarding the race in five weeks doesn't change because of today's result. The surface
  • MarcelloMarocco · LOL.,...straight up?.....equal weights is straight up. 10f is a whole different ball game, and Only Awesome Feather would run down Questing. · 1942 days ago
Equal weights at 10f and Questing leaves MMA sucking dirt mid stretch.
On the subject of this race, it was amazing. MMA looked fantastic in the paddock. I have several pics of her and she just looked like dynamite. Both horses ran absolutely fantastic.
Cigar 16, I'd give that to the Preakness Stakes this year.
MMA WANTED that lead she's a great horse!
MMA's last few strides were amazing, she looked like Silky Sullivan. How determined she was to get the lead was amazing, the HORSE wanted to get the lead, not just the jockey.
Cigar 16, That was one of the best races I've seen in 2012, even with the small field. Great full-stretch duel by top fillies.
I did find it thrilling
That was quite a show.....Racing owes alot to the ladies over the last several years...I wanna say that so far, the best race of 2012.
I said all week, that MMA would win the race, and that is what would have happened on any race track. I asked Steve Asmussen in the paddock before the race how MMA was doing and he said simply and emphatetically, "Excellent!" Everybody was discounting her this week. I'm not sure how you ignore an undefeated champion who has been visually magnificent. So, I give you my pick for the BC Ladies Classic, My Miss Aurelia.
Fantastic race! Love to see great perfomances like that from high-level athletes!
Its Tricky and RD as well
Imagine what a potential BC Ladies Classic we could have this year if My Miss Aurelia, Questing, and Awesome Feather all 3 turn up in the field? What an awesome race that will be if it comes to pass?
The surface was playing very slow, and I don't think letting Questing lope along out front was the way to go. I think putting her on the track at Santa Anita can only help her. If anything, the price on Questing has improved dramatically over the past three days. First Awesome Feather looks...awesome, and now MMA defeats Q. Hopefully she stays sound and makes the Ladies' Classic, because I think Questing is one of the top two or three contenders in the race.
i have stated before that giving 7 lbs to My Miss Aurelia by Questing, it will be impossible for Questing to ran away from My Miss Aurelia, i put bet $50.00 on My Miss Aurelia to win and i got it.
Interesting in England we'd probably fetishise the 7 pounds difference. With Questing therefore better. I think it's more interesting than that and am not sure how this will relate to a race off faster fractions. For once I am not sure that lobbing along in front was a huge advantage to the 2nd who stayed so strongly off a harder opening last time. Hope to see them meet again.

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