Lady Aurelia pulls away from the field to win the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June
European champion Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.60 on a firm turf course Tuesday morning at Keeneland as she continues training toward a start in the King’s Stand (G1) on June 20 at Royal Ascot, where she won the Queen Mary (G2) last year.
Julio Garcia was aboard Lady Aurelia (outside), who started several lengths behind workmate Bound for Nowhere, a candidate for Royal Ascot’s Commonwealth Cup (G1) on June 23, on her inside. Bound for Nowhere’s time was 1:02.20.
“She had a really, really nice breeze – very excited,” Ward said about Lady Aurelia, a 3-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy. ”We’re just trying to go as easy as possible every work into the race. She already has the speed, the win, the fitness and the confidence. Just looking to keep her – until the day we leave on (June 6) – nice and steady. She’s doing everything beautiful.”
Owned by Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton and Peter Leidel, Lady Aurelia began her 2017 season with a victory against older rivals in the 5½-furlong Giant’s Causeway (L) on the turf at Keeneland on April 15. She returned to the work tab a week ago, covering a half-mile in :49.40.
Ward said Lady Aurelia would have two more works before her trip to England. Run opening day of the Royal Ascot meet, the King’s Stand is a 5-furlong race for 3-year-olds and older horses.
Also working for Ward Tuesday were Royal Ascot-bound 2-year-olds Fairlyland and McErin. The pair covered a half-mile in :48.60.
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