My Miss Aurelia is the elegant filly, named for an equally charming lady, who earned her distinction as a champion 2-year-old filly in just four starts in 2011. The bay daughter of Smart Strike broke her maiden in July at Saratoga and then went on to score her first graded-stakes win in just her second lifetime start when she took the Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course in August.
It was on October 8 at Belmont Park however, where she rolled out a truly demonstrative victory, dominating the Frizette Stakes (G1) with a jazzy front-running effort that culminated in a 5 ¼-length exclamation point against the competitive field.
My Miss Aurelia is out of the Sea of Secrets mare My Miss Storm Cat and Stonestreet is the proud breeder of both My Miss Aurelia and her stakes-placed half brother, Albergatti, the mare's first two starters. My Miss Aurelia was purchased by George Bolton at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale for $550,000. Because Stonestreet and George Bolton have a long relationship of partnering on horses, and because the filly was one of Jess Jackson's favorites on the farm, another partnership was born with Stonestreet retaining a 50% interest in their beloved homebred filly.
My Miss Aurelia is named for George Bolton's mother, Aurelia, who has been present for each of her four victories giving an extra-special sentimental flavor to an already dazzling filly.
Steve Asmussen's assistant trainer Scott Blasi says that My Miss Aurelia has a high cruising speed and, "the rare ability to accelerate off that speed."
She solidified her status as a champion on November 4, when she rocketed to a three-length victory in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) under Corey Nakatani at Churchill Downs.
Forced to miss the top races of the first half of 2012 with an injury, My Miss Aurelia returned with a smashing victory in the Candys Gold Stakes before outfinishing multiple Grade 1 winner Questing to win a thrilling edition of the Cotillion Stakes (G1), cementing her status as one of the top female horses in training in the U.S.
My Miss Aurelia suffered her first career defeat in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1), when fellow champion Royal Delta (2011 champiion 3-year-old filly) got the better of My Miss Aurelia by 1 1/2 lengths. The runner-up finish did nothing to diminish the stellar reputation of of My Miss Aurelia.