Rachel’s Valentina Completes Breeders’ Cup Preparations

Rachel’s Valentina Completes Breeders’ Cup Preparations

Keeneland Photo

Rachel’s Valentina, the second foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, completed her preparations for a much-anticipated run in the October 31st Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) when she breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 at Keeneland.

Working in company with her Todd Plecther-trained stablemate Ramsack, Rachel’s Valentina had little trouble leaving her workmate behind, getting the first three furlongs in :37 1/5 before finishing powerfully with a quarter-mile in :23 3/5. She then galloped-out another furlong in :12 2/5 for six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 and continued on through seven furlongs in 1:28 1/5.

Rachel’s Valentina was one of many horses that Pletcher sent out for morning workouts at Keeneland, and he was very pleased with their training.

“I feel really, really good about the way the horses are training,” Pletcher was quoted as saying in the Keeneland Barn Notes for October 23rd. “Over the last two days, we’ve seen the kind of works you’d like to see coming into big races: Horses finishing well, galloping out strongly, cooling out quickly, staying in the feed tub – all those little signs that you’re looking for. Right now I couldn’t be more pleased with all of them.”

Check out this slideshow of photos from Rachel’s Valentina’s workout!

All photos by Keeneland Photo

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Kasper Gutman
Rachel’s Valentina? Maybe. But I am taking a hard stance against Songbird. A final five sixteenths in 32 and 4 in the Chandelier, Three eights in 37 and 4 in the Del Mar Debutante, and a last eighth in 13 in her maiden victory suggests to me she is vulnerable at Keeneland, despite the short stretch. I will take a shot with Tap to It. Her maiden win was spectacular(final quarter in 23 and 3, despite being taken up twice) and in the Spinaway, where she finished second to Rachel Valentina, beaten a length,the chart says she broke a length… Read more »