Ward Pencils In Royal Ascot As Next For Stonestreet's Regally Bred Debut Winner American Rascal - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Ward Pencils In Royal Ascot As Next For Stonestreet’s Regally Bred Debut Winner American Rascal

Curlin colt American Rascal, produced by multiple G1 winner Lady Aurelia, winning his debut at Keeneland

The expectations for Stonestreet Stables' American Rascal were sky high before his debut his Thursday at Keeneland.

Expectations met and exceeded.

The first foal from the brilliant Lady Aurelia romped by 10¼ lengths in :51.21 for the maiden special weight race going 4½ furlongs on the dirt under Joel Rosario. The time is the fastest of the meet for the distance.

“I think he can be better next time,” trainer Wesley Ward said Saturday morning of the son of Curlin.

The next time figures to be the Norfolk (G2) at Royal Ascot in England going five furlongs on June 22. Ward has won the Norfolk twice with No Nay Never in 2013 and Shang Shang Shang in 2018.

“He came to us highly recommended,” Ward said about American Rascal. “Joel (Rosario) drove up to Payson Park (from Gulfstream) to work him, and not many jockeys make that (90-minute) drive.

“We came up here, and he worked at Turfway and then here. His last work here (five days before his debut), the light bulb went on. Lady Aurelia was the same way. She got outworked in the mornings.”

In Lady Aurelia's debut in April 2016 – also at Keeneland for Stonestreet, George Bolton, and Peter Leidel,– she won by 7½ lengths and in a then track record time of :50.85 for 4½ furlongs. Lady Aurelia went on to win the Queen Mary (G2) at Royal Ascot and the Darley Prix Morny (G1) at Deauville in France that season. The daughter of Scat Daddy received the Cartier Award as Europe's champion 2-year-old filly.

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