TOP NEWS

6/25/2016
Bronze Star made his stakes debut a winning one on Saturday Pleasanton with a gritty one-length victory in the $50,000 Oak Tree S...
6/19/2016
Tapit's champion filly Untapable has been officially retired according to her owner/breeder Ron Winchell...
6/18/2016
Sweet Loretta's seven-length maiden special weight debut win looked as dazzling as the margin of victory indicated, with the Tapit filly never really being asked...
6/16/2016
Zartera strolled to a two-length win in his debut Thursday at Churchill Downs as the Tapizar 2-year-old became the fourth winner for his sire...
6/11/2016
Creator became Tapit's second Belmont S. winner in three years when weaved his way between horses in the stretch to catch and pass Destin in the final strides of the the third leg of the Triple Crown...

Afleet Again closes late to win Grade 2 BC Marathon


Saturday, November 05, 2011 |
Afleet Again ran down Birdrun in the late stages to roll home to a 2 1/4-length victory in the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon (G2) Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old son of Afleet Alex picked an outstanding time to get his first win of the year for his sire, who is in the top 5 on the third-crop list.

Afleet Again was well back in the field for most of the part of the 1 3/4-mile endurance test before launching his bid going six wide into the stretch. With a sustained drive, Cornelio Velasquez willed his mount to the front a sixteenth from the wire to get a lead he wouldn't relinquish.

"He needs a strong ride," said Velasquez. "In the last five-sixteenths I had a lot of horse. At the three-eighths I pulled the trigger."

“He ran fabulously," winning trainer Robert Reid said. "It’s so rare to get this kind of distance, so we decided to take a shot. We always thought he could go this far. There’s no limit to how far he can run. When I saw a 48 (fraction) for the first half and we were only seven or eight lengths out of it, I thought we were in pretty good shape.”

Afleet Again improved his record to 4-5-3 from 24 career starts. His earnings stand at $686,470 with the winning purse of $270,000.

The gray/roan colt was bred in Kentucky by Roll Z Dice Stable and is out of the Wild Again mare Lucky Again, who has also produced the stakes horses Oh So Bella and Luckifee.