U.S.-Based Lady Aurelia Repeats at Royal Ascot

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The scene at Royal Ascot. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Already the first United States-trained horse to earn a Cartier Award, Lady Aurelia added another eye-catching victory in England June 20 when she overwhelmed older males in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton, and Peter Leidel's Lady Aurelia raced prominently in the five-furlong test before delivering a late burst under jockey John Velazquez to separate herself from 16 rivals and register a three-length victory over last year's King's Stand winner Profitable.

In completing the race in :57.54, Lady Aurelia becomes the first 3-year-old to win the King's Stand since Equiano in 2008 and the first 3-year-old filly to win the race since Dominica in 2002.

Lady Aurelia wins the Giant's Causeway. (Eclipse Sportswire)

In her first try against older horses, in this case a field that included older males, Lady Aurelia earned a group stakes win at the Royal Ascot meeting for the second straight year after taking the 2016 Queen Mary Stakes (Grade 2) against other juvenile fillies. 

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet, Lady Aurelia is trained by Wesley Ward and she was guided to victory Tuesday by Hall of Famer Velazquez, who picked up the mount from an injured Frankie Dettori. 

Sent off at 7-2 in local pools, Lady Aurelia was followed home by Profitable, who just edged group 1-winning 4-year-old filly Marsha for second. The daughter of Scat Daddy won her 2017 debut in the Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland in April.

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