A proven sire
Afleet Alex’s dramatic victory in the Preakness and tour-de-force in the Belmont defined his championship 3-year-old season. At stud, Afleet Alex is a proven sire of elite and versatile runners, including six Grade 1 winners of prestigious events such as the Hopeful, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Florida Derby, Travers, Del Mar Oaks, Clement L. Hirsch, and Vanity.
Eclipse champion 3-year-old won Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1) by 11¾ combined lengths; ran third in the Kentucky Derby (G1)
Won his first four starts at 2, including the Hopeful S. (G1); retired with eight wins in 12 starts and earnings of $2,765,800
Sire of six Grade 1 winners, including Florida Derby (G1) winner Materiality; Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner, Eclipse Award runner-up, and millionaire Texas Red; dual Grade 1-winning millionaire Iotapa incl. a 10 1/4-length romp in the Vanity (G1) (109 Beyer); Travers Stakes (G1) winner Afleet Express; and Del Mar Oaks (G1) winner Sharla Rae
Other top runners include champion Cuqui’s Love (G2), champion Advier (G1), Sovereign Award nominee, Eclipse S. (G2) & Autumn S. (G2) winner Skywire, Delaware Oaks (G2) winner Dancing Afleet, Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) winner Harissa, and millionaire Dolkong, winner of the Busans Mayor’s Cup (G2)
2019 yearlings sold up to $112,000, 2018 2-year-olds sold up to $125,000, 2017 yearlings sold up to $170,000, $2.8 million racemare (Iotapa) in 2014
79 black-type horses, 37 stakes winners, 14 graded winners, seven G1 winners, nearly $49 million in progeny earnings
By Alan Porter
An outstanding 2-year-old who developed into a dual classic-winning champion 3-year-old, Afleet Alex has sired six North American Grade 1 winners and is an outstanding value-for-money sire.
As a Mr. Prospector-line stallion, it’s not surprising to see Afleet Alex do well with Northern Dancer-line mares. His Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) scorer Texas Red is out of a mare by Jeune Homme, a Nureyev-line horse closely related to Storm Cat and Royal Academy, both also broodmare sires of Afleet Alex stakes winners. Afleet Alex sired 2-year-old Grade 1 winner Dublin out of a mare by Storm Bird, the sire of Storm Cat. From mares by other sons of Nijinsky II (sire of Royal Academy), Afleet Alex has stakes winners from daughters of Sky Classic and Strawberry Road.
Afleet Alex has sired two stakes winners out of Danzig line mares, including Florida Derby (G1) victor Materiality out of a mare by Langfuhr. From the Dixieland Band branch of Northern Dancer, Afleet Alex has two stakes winners, including Grade 2 scorer Dancing Afleet, from mares by Citidancer (a clever cross here), suggesting daughters of Dixie Union might work well. Icecapade, a three-quarter relative to Northern Dancer, appears frequently in Afleet Alex’s good winners via either Wild Again or Clever Trick and his son Phone Trick.
Crossing Afleet Alex back over Mr. Prospector has generally met with considerable success, with examples including the Travers Stakes (G1) hero Afleet Express out of a mare by Distant View and Grade 1 winner Sharla Rae out of a mare by Gold Fever, a son Forty Niner who appeals through Distorted Humor. Mr. Greeley, a son of Gone West, is the broodmare sire of Afleet Alex’s three-time Grade 1 winner Iotapa. Afleet Alex has two stakes winners out of mares by Kingmambo, a horse bred on a similar cross as Afleet Alex’s sire and himself sire of Lemon Drop Kid. From Mr. Prospector’s Fappiano branch, Afleet Alex has two stakes winners—including Grade 2 captress Afleeting Lady—out of Unbridled mares. From another branch of Raise a Native (the sire of Mr. Prospector) comes graded stakes winner La Gran Bailadora from a daughter of Affirmed.
Afleet Alex’s dam is from the Roberto branch of the Hail to Reason line. Crossed back over a mare from that line, Afleet Alex sired graded stakes winner Called to Serve from a daughter of Kris S. (sire of Arch and grandsire of Blame, both of whom would be intriguing here). Afleet Alex already has two stakes winners, including graded scorer Bizzy Caroline, out of mares by Saint Ballado (brother to Devil’s Bag). We can note a stakes winner by Afleet Alex from a daughter of Rahy, whose dam, Glorious Song, is a sister to Saint Ballado.
Afleet Alex also sired Grade 2 winner Harissa out of a daughter of Time for a Change and a stakes winner out of a mare by the similarly bred Gilded Time, both from the Damascus line.
|2||6||4 (2)||2 (2)||0||$680,800|
|3||6||4 (4)||0||1 (1)||$2,085,000|
|Totals||12||8 (6)||2 (2)||1 (1)||$2,765,800|
Hopeful S. (G1), Saratoga Race Course, 7 furlongs, defeating Devils Disciple, Flamenco, Consolidator, Storm Surge, etc.
Sanford S. (G2), Saratoga Race Course, 6 furlongs, by 5¼, defeating Flamenco, Consolidator, Lunarpal, etc.
An allowance race, Delaware Park, 5½ furlongs, by 12, defeating Monster Chaser, Chazmandu, etc.
A maiden special weight race, Delaware Park, 5½ furlongs, by 11¼, defeating B Trick, Precision Perfect, etc.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), Lone Star Park, 1 1/16 miles, to Wilko, defeating Sun King, Consolidator, Roman Ruler, Proud Accolade, etc.
Champagne S. (G1), Belmont Park, 1 1/16 miles, to Proud Accolade, defeating Sun King, Silver Train, Park Avenue Ball, etc.
Preakness S. (G1), Pimlico, 1 3/16 miles, by 4¾, defeating Scrappy T, Giacomo, Sun King, High Limit, Noble Causeway, Greeley’s Galaxy, Malibu Moonshine, Closing Argument, High Fly, Hal’s Image, Wilko, Galloping Grocer, Going Wild.
Belmont S. (G1), Belmont Park, 1½ miles, by 7, defeating Andromeda’s Hero, Nolan’s Cat, Indy Storm, A. P. Arrow, Chekhov, Giacomo, Southern Africa, Watchmon, Reverberate, Pinpoint.
Arkansas Derby (G2), Oaklawn Park, 1⅛ miles, by 8, defeating Flower Alley, Andromeda’s Hero, Real Dandy, Greater Good, Canteen, Rush Bay, Wild Desert, Cat Shaker, Batson Challenge.
Mountain Valley S., Oaklawn Park, 6 furlongs, by 2¾, defeating Razor, Smoke Smoke Smoke, Sir Laff Alot, Dr. Meatball, Rocky River.
Kentucky Derby (G1), Churchill Downs, 1¼ miles, to Giacomo, Closing Argument, defeating Don’t Get Mad, Buzzards Bay, Wilko, Bellamy Road, etc.
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