Preakness winner Afleet Alex to stand at Gainesway Farm

SPORTS DIGEST

Sports Digest

December 12, 2005

Afleet Alex, winner of the Preakness and Belmont, will stand as a stallion at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., in the heart of Bluegrass country.

"Having Afleet Alex stand at Gainesway is one of the most exciting moments in our 18 years of owning Gainesway," farm president Antony Beck said yesterday. "There's already a huge buzz at the farm."

Beck said Afleet Alex's 2006 stud fee will be $40,000 per live foal.

Afleet Alex was retired this month because of an ankle injury. The horse finished with eight wins in 12 starts and earnings of more than $2.7 million for the Cash Is King Stable, and nearly became the sport's 12th Triple Crown winner.

He finished third in the Kentucky Derby by a length, won the Preakness after nearly being knocked down by Scrappy T in the turn for home and won the Belmont by seven lengths. Jockey Jeremy Rose was aboard Afleet Alex for all three Triple Crown races.

Cash Is King managing partner Chuck Zacney said there was an extensive search to find the right place for Afleet Alex's new home.

"After meeting with Gainesway they quickly became our No. 1 choice," Zacney said. "They have a great reputation, a passion for the game and really believe in Afleet Alex."

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