Wesley Ward Takes Lady Aurelia Back to England
European champion Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, on Tuesday covered 5 furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:02 in her final work here before her next scheduled start in England in the Aug. 25 Coolmore Nunthorpe (G1) at York. The 3-year-old Scat Daddy filly is to leave tomorrow for England, where she won the King’s Stand (G1) at Royal Ascot on June 20.
Lady Aurelia (foaled 27 January 2014) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. After winning a race on dirt in the United States she was sent to race on turf in Europe and proved herself as the one of the leading two-year-old fillies of her generation. At Royal Ascot in June she produced a very impressive performance to win the Queen Mary Stakes and then traveled to France to win the Prix Morny. Although she was beaten on her final appearance in the Cheveley Park Stakes she was named Cartier Champion Two-year-old Filly for the 2016 season. In 2017 she returned to Britain to win the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Lady Aurelia is a bay filly with a white star bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC. As a yearling in September 2015 Lady Aurelia was consigned to the Keeneland sale and was bought for $350,000 by George Bolton & Peter Leidel although Stonestreet retained an interest in the filly. The filly was sent into training with Wesley Ward who had a record of success with precocious juveniles in European races.
She was sired by Scat Daddy who won the Champagne Stakes in 2006 and the Florida Derby in 2007 before his racing career was ended by injury. Scat Daddy’s other offspring include No Nay Never, Daddy Long Legs and the American Oaks winner Lady of Shamrock. Lady Aurelia’s dam D’ Wildcat Speed was a Kentucky-bred mare who had great success in Puerto Rico before returning to the United States as a five-year-old to win the Rampart Stakes. She was a distant, female-line descendant of the influential British broodmare Affection, who was the ancestor of numerous major winners including Creme Fraiche, Coastal and Nathaniel.
Lady Aurelia started her work some two lengths behind stablemate and Grade 1 winner Hootenanny and finished about a half-length in front of her rival to her inside. Hootenanny’s time for 5 furlongs was 1:03.
Tuesday’s move marked Lady Aurelia’s fourth work at Keeneland since she won the King’s Stand. She opened her 2017 campaign by winning Keeneland’s Giant’s Causeway (L) on April 15.
Lady Aurelia races for Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton and Peter Leidel.
Also working for Ward on Tuesday was Hat Creek Racing’s Con Te Partiro, who won the Sandringham at Royal Ascot on June 21. The 3-year-old Scat Daddy filly covered 5 furlongs in 1:03.
Lady Aurelia and Con Te Partiro are graduates of Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale. Hootenanny sold as a weanling at the 2012 November Breeding Stock Sale and as a yearling at the 2013 September Sale.