Dogwood Stable's Aikenite will be making his 2012 debut on the opening day of the Keeneland Fall meet, this Friday, in the 160th running of the 6-furlong $175,000 Grade 3 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes.
Aikenite finished second in last year's edition of the race over the Polytrack Elite surface. The dark bay horse drew the rail in the field of 10, will carry 120 pounds and is 4/1 on the morning line. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will be in the irons. Aikenite will be coming off an 11-month layoff. Aikenite was trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable's Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens. He is conditioned at the racetrack by 5-time Eclipse Award winning Trainer Todd Pletcher.
The Florida-bred son of Yes It's True was set to return to the races this past winter in preparation for his his 5-year-old campaign, when his left front ankle became inflamed while training.
The OBS Sales graduate spent the summer rehabbing at Dr. Barry and Shari Eisaman's Eisaman Equine in Williston, Fla.
Aikenite turned in a sharp work at Belmont Park on Sept. 30, breezing a half-mile in 47 4/5 seconds.
The bay colt has enjoyed success over Keeneland's Polytrack Elite surface, winning the 7-furlong Grade 2 Commonwealth Stakes on April 16, 2011. Aikenite also captured the 7-furlong Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011.
Aikenite has 5 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds from 23 starts, and has earned $866,635.