My Miss Aurelia earned her distinction as a champion in just four juvenile starts and carried forth with a 3-year-old campaign that earned her another spot on the Eclipse Awards ballot.
The bay daughter of Smart Strike scored her first graded-stakes win in her second lifetime start when she took the Grade II Adirondack at Saratoga in 2011. It was at Belmont Park however, where she rolled out a truly demonstrative victory, dominating the Grade I Frizette with a jazzy front-running effort that culminated in a 5 ¼ length exclamation point against the competitive field.
She secured an Eclipse when she rocketed to a three-length victory in the Grade I Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies under Corey Nakatani at Churchill Downs on November 4, 2011.
The filly that her connections affectionately deem “strong minded” freshened in Ocala, FL and returned to her Saratoga sweet spot for her 3-year-old debut on August 8, 2012 in the Mandy’s Gold Stakes. Despite stumbling badly at the start and forging a wide trip, My Miss Aurelia thrilled fans with a three length victory.
It wasn’t until her victory by a head over powerhouse Questing in the Cotillion at Parx Racing on September 22 that she reestablished her full brilliance as a 3-year-old. My Miss Aurelia’s tenacious stretch duel with Questing will be written as one of the most exciting races of 2012.
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.
She was purchased by George Bolton at Keeneland’s September Yearling sale in 2010 for $550,000. Another partnership between Bolton and Stonestreet was born with Stonestreet retaining a 50 percent interest in the beloved filly named for George Bolton’s mother.
My Miss Aurelia finished a game second to the older Royal Delta in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita Park, where a star-studded Ladies’ field headlined the entire championship weekend. She rounded out her 2012 season by placing in a hard-fought battle in the Grade I LeBrea Stakes.