wins at Oaklawn by 8 Lengths
Afleet Alex was the defeated favorite in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. It was later revealed that the colt had a lung infection which caused the unexpected failure.
Coming into the Arkansas Derby, Afleet Alex was declared healthy by trainer Tim Ritchey and was made the 2-1 morning line favorite. Nine rivals went to the starting gate to see if Afleet Alex was indeed healthy.
Afleet Alex will try to duplicate Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby. Smarty Jones won the 2004 Arkansas Derby on his way to winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Afleet Alex made his move around the turn for home and took the lead at the top of the stretch. The colt went on to win the Arkansas Derby by eight lengths. Finishing second was Flower Alley followed by Andromeda's Hero and Real Dandy was fourth. Rounding out the order of finish was Greater Good, Canteen, Rush Bay, Wild Desert, Cat Shaker and Batson Challenge.
The time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:48.80.
Afleet Alex was ridden again by Jeremy Rose after John Velazquez had the mount in the Rebel Stakes. Velazquez was the winning rider in the Blue Grass Stakes and now has a decision to make for the Run for the Roses.