Rachel’s Valentina Entered in First Race

Rachel’s Valentina Entered in First Race

The wait is over! Rachel’s Valentina, the second foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is scheduled to make her debut on August 2nd in the second race at Saraoga!

The two-year-old daughter of Bernardini drew post position three in a six-furlong maiden special weight. Owned by Stonestreet Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, the bay filly enters the race off a long string of impressive workouts, which culminated with a half-mile breeze from the starting gate on July 26th. John Velazquez, among leading riders of the Saratoga meet thus far, has the mount.

Rachel’s Valentina will be the first foal out of Rachel Alexandra to run in a race, as Rachel Alexandra’s first foal–a three-year-old son of Curlin named Jess’s Dream–has been in training since last year but has yet to make his debut.

The complete entries for the race are as follows:

Saratoga Race 2 on August 2nd: Maiden Special Weight for 2yo fillies
Six furlongs on dirt
PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1 Big World, Alex Cintron, Anthony Dutrow
2 Nickname, Julien Leparoux, Steve Asmussen
3 Rachel’s Valentina, John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher
4 Wicked Fun, Irad Ortiz Jr., Leah Gyarmati
5 Renown, Kendrick Carmouche, George Arnold II
6 Awesome Dame, Joel Rosario, Thomas Albertrani
7 Transact, Jose Ortiz, Michelle Nevin
8 Tale for Ruby, Cornelio Velasquez, Barclay Tagg

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J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin's quest to become North America's richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the Bloodhorse.com blog Unlocking Winners.

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