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|An "ugly duckling" colt, he was born to a mare that didn't produce milk. The little bay was bottle-fed by his breeder's 9-year-old daughter. Named for his owners' children – all named Alex – Afleet Alex's owners also pledged some of his earnings to Alex's Lemonade Stand, founded by young cancer victim Alexandra Scott.|
Though his Triple Crown hopes were thwarted by traffic in the Kentucky Derby, where he finished third, it was his stunning victory in Maryland's Preakness Stakes that revealed the depth of Alex's determination. As he flew around the turn in pursuit of the leader he almost fell, nearly unseating jockey Jeremy Rose. Alex's grit and agility - combined with Rose's balance and horsemanship - prevailed. As the racing world watched in amazement, the game 3-year-old recovered to win by a widening 4 ¾ lengths. A resounding triumph in New York's Belmont Stakes guaranteed Alex's place in history.
Though injury forced his retirement at year's end, he closed his career with eight wins from 12 starts and earnings of $2,765,800.
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