10/09/2011 11:55AM

Belmont: My Miss Aurelia part of Asmussen's 4-for-4 day

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Barbara D. Livingston
My Miss Aurelia, with Corey Nakatani, was awarded a 95 Beyer Speed Figure for her win in Saturday's Frizette.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Steve Asmussen left New York for Louisville on Sunday afternoon having welcomed two new Grade 1 winners to his barn and welcoming back a former Grade 3 stakes winner whom he thinks has Grade 1 potential.

 Asmussen went 4 for 4 at Belmont Park on Saturday, highlighted by My Miss Aurelia’s dominant victory in the race 1 Frizette. She  punched her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

 Asmussen also won a hot second-level allowance race with Tapizar, who was making his first start off an eight-month layoff precipitated by surgery to remove a knee chip.

 Though he was not the trainer of record for Western Aristocrat’s Grade 1 victory in the Jamaica Handicap, Asmussen will now take over the training of that former European-based colt,  who is owned by Vinery Stables.

 “The barn looks better this morning than it did yesterday morning,’’ Asmussen said Sunday morning at Belmont Park.

 My Miss Aurelia has looked good all along, winning a maiden race at Saratoga on July 22 and the Grade 2 Adirondack on Aug. 14 by a neck. Saturday, My Miss Aurelia rolled to a front-running, 5 1/2-length victory over even-money favorite Stopshoppingmaria. Her time for the mile was 1:35.22 - .33 of a second faster than Union Rags’ s time for the Champagne one race later at the same distance - and she earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure.

 “Absolutely, it was her best race,’’ Asmussen said. “We’re very pleased with where she’s at. She won opening day at Saratoga and I think she has validated her impressive maiden score and has improved since.’’

 Asmussen was also pleased with the performance of Tapizar, who also recorded a front-running victory, covering seven furlongs in 1:21.20 and beating the older stakes winner Uptowncharlybrown by 2 1/4 lengths. Boys At Tosconova was third.

 “It’s great to see him back,’’ Asmussen said. “He’s an extremely talented horse, I think he’s shown that previously. He looked great yesterday and ran great.’’

 Tapizar won the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in January before getting hurt in the Robert Lewis in February.

 Asmussen said both My Miss Aurelia and Tapizar were to ship to Churchill Downs on Monday. Shipping plans for Western Aristocrat were not finalized as of Sunday morning, but he is likely to end up in Kentucky soon.

 Asmussen said nothing definitive has been selected as next outs for Tapizar and Western Aristocrat.

 Western Aristocrat, who had been trained by Jeremy Noseda in Europe, earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure for his Jamaica victory.