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First winner for US champion Afleet Alex

US CHAMPION Afleet Alex received his first winner on Tuesday when Kratisto won his second start, a $38,000 maiden special weight, by a head at Delaware Park.

The colt, who was sporting blinkers, got up in the final strides to deny Three Day Rush for trainer Ferris Allen and owner Linda Harding. Gainesway Thoroughbreds, who stands Afleet Alex, bred the colt out the stakes-winning Risen Star mare Torch.

Allen purchased Kratisto for $130,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September Sale.

Afleet Alex generated a huge following during his two-season racing career in the US as the winner of five Graded stakes and over $2.7m in earnings.

Included in those triumphs were the Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes, in which he was almost brought down by the wayward antics of Scrappy T on the home turn.

The son of Northern Afleet retired to Gainesway Farm in Kentucky at a fee of $40,000 and has 111 two-year-olds to race for him this season. He stood the past season at $20,000.

Afleet Alex's Grade 2-placed brother, Unforgettable Max, was represented by his first winner earlier this month when Cruising Girl won at Tagliacozzo in Italy.






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