Acoustic Ave dominates Aspirant Stakes

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Acoustic Ave, third in last month’s Funny Cide, cruises to victory in Monday’s Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and trainer Christophe Clement continued their strong start to the autumn season Monday when Acoustic Ave shipped from Saratoga to Finger Lakes to win the $97,854 Aspirant Stakes.

Acoustic Ave, a fourth-generation product of Chester and Mary Broman’s breeding program, improved to 2-for-3 in his career with a 9 1/4-length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong Aspirant under Manny Franco. The 2-year-old son of Maclean’s Music bounced back from a third in the Funny Cide Stakes on Saratoga Showcase Day in late August for his first stakes victory in 1:05.48 over the sloppy track.

Acoustic Ave, a $200,000 purchase by Dean and Patti Reeves’ operation at the OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training, gave his connections a second stakes win in three days after City Man won Saturday’s Ashley T. Cole at Belmont at the Big A. Reeves Thoroughbred Racing campaign City Man in partnership with Peter and Patty Searles.

Sent off as the 1-10 favorite in the field of five, Acoustic Ave took the lead from the break and led Gold in Them Hills by a half-length through the opening quarter in :22.29 with Tiz Lucky just behind in third. Gold in Them Hills, a runner-up in an open-company maiden Aug. 23 in his lone start, continued to apply pressure into the far turn as Acoustic Ave went past the half-mile split in :46.53.

Franco gave Acoustic Ave his cue turning for home and they quickly opened up by 8 1/2 at the eighth pole. Franco gave few peeks under his right arm in the lane and cruised past the finish well clear. Mo Trump rallied to finish second, 3 1/2 lengths in front of Gold in Them Hills with Tiz Lucky and Dynamic Storm completing the field.

Bred by the Bromans and foaled at their Chestertown Farm in Chestertown, Acoustic Ave is the first foal out of the winning Street Boss mare Rock Ave. Road. Acoustic Ave, who breezed a furlong in :10 during OBS April presale workouts, sold as Hip 975 through the Sequel Bloodstock consignment.

Rock Ave. Road is out of the Broman-bred multiple stakes winner and $270,550-earner Mineralogist, a daughter of Mineshaft out of the Broman’s homebred Grade 2 winner Seeking the Ante. A daughter of Seeking the Gold, Seeking the Ante is out of Grade 1 Antespend, who Broman bought as a 4-year-old for $900,000 at the 1997 Keeneland April sale.

Acoustic Ave, who earned $58,712 for the win to boost his bankroll to $131,112, is a half-brother to a New York-bred yearling colt by West Coast and a New York-bred weanling colt by New York-bred champion and Grade 1 winner Audible born in April.

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