Rachel’s Valentina Breezes at Keeneland (with Video!)

Rachel’s Valentina Breezes at Keeneland (with Video!)

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Rachel’s Valentina, the grade I-winning daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, breezed a half-mile at Keeneland on the morning of October 5th as she prepares for a start in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on October 31st.

Working in company with the talented older mare Stopchargingmaria, Rachel’s Valentina went the first quarter-mile in :24 2/5, completed the breeze in :48 flat, and galloped-out five furlongs in 1:01 1/5.

Rachel’s Valentina (outside) breezes with Stopchargingmaria. Video courtesy of Keeneland. 

Todd Pletcher, who trains both fillies, was pleased with Rachel’s Valentina’s workout. In the Keeneland Barn Notes for October 5th, Pletcher noted that “We generally work both of them in company. (I) just felt like they were on similar schedules and would make good workmates, which they did. I thought it was a very productive breeze for both of them. Both of them seemed happy.”

Owned by Stonestreet Stable, Rachel’s Valentina broke her maiden in impressive fashion at Saratoga on August 2nd, then won the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga to bring her record to an unbeaten 2-for-2.

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Kevin Bayley

Keeler, what do you make of this workout, or is there anything to be taken from it? I have a hard time figuring out what a good breeze actually looks like – even when its American Pharoah dazzling everyone in the mornings. Obviously I’m watching the jockeys hands, but most workouts appear the same to me. Am I over-thinking this? Thanks for your time!