Afleet Alex, with jockey Jeremy Rose, gallops on the track at Churchill Downs on May 3rd, four days before the Kentucky Derby.
Afleet Alex peers out of his Churchill Downs stall after his early-morning gallop.
The horses head for the first turn in the 131st Kentucky Derby. Afleet Alex (jockey in green with red cap) finished 3rd after being passed late by long shot winner Giacomo and runner-up Closing Argument.
Jeremy Rose rides Afleet Alex to the winnerís circle after the Preakness Stakes, a race in which the horse stumbled badly at the top of the stretch before winning by four and three quarters lengths.
Joe Lerro (left) one of Afleet Alexís owners, and trainer Tim Ritchey celebrate the coltís Preakness victory.
Exercise rider Salomon Diego takes Afleet Alex for an early-morning gallop on June 9th, two days before the Belmont Stakes.
Afleet Alex and the rest of the Belmont Stakes contenders head for the first turn.
With Afleet Alex well ahead in the stretch run of the Belmont, Jeremy Rose looks back at the competition.
Afleet Alex wins the 137th Belmont Stakes.
Afleet Alex, at his Belmont Park barn the morning after the big race, waits for Jeremy Rose to get him a peppermint from his pocket.
In 2005 Afleet Alex, like Funny Cide in 2003 and Smarty Jones in 2004, fell one race short of winning the Triple Crown. An injury prevented him from racing again after the Belmont and he was retired at the end of the year.
In May 2006, assistant stallion manager Carl Buckler walks Afleet Alex on the grounds of Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., where the colt retired to stud at the end of his racing career.
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