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Afleet Alex filly scores third stakes win of the year

Sunday, December 02, 2012 |
Afleet Alex's 4-year-old daughter Miss Valentine improved her record to 4-of-5 Sunday at Aqueduct, coming from off the pace in the $75,000 Lottsa Talc S. for fillies and mares. Just 16 days ago, she took the $80,000 Chase the Dream S., also at Aqueduct.

Miss Valentine is the first three-time stakes winner of 2012 for her sire, who within the past four weeks has accounted for black-type wins by Afleeting Lady, in both the Grade 2 Falls City H. and Turnback the Alarm H. (G3), as well as called to Serve in the Grade 3 Discovery H.

As she has done in the past few races, Miss Valentine sat a couple of lengths off the pace in the early stages of the six furlong Lottsa Talc. She launched her bid outside the quarter pole, eventually wearing down a stubborn Jitney at the sixteenth marker to go on to a 1 1/4-length score in 1:11.38.

A Waterville Lake Stable’s homebred trained by Christophe Clement, Miss Valentine is now 7-5-1 in 18 starts and has earned $416,500.
In her juvenile campaign in 2010, Miss Valentine captured her Belmont debut in October 2010 before going on to win the Swirlaway S. and finish second in the East View S.

The following year, Miss Valentine won the Serena’s Song S. at Monmouth and Mom’s Command S. at Belmont and also ran second in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. This April she won Aqueduct's $75,000 Northern Willy S.

Foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, Miss Valentine is one of five winners in as many foals to start out of the multiple black type-placed Gilded Time mare Miss Yiayia ($175,970). She is also the dam of Thunder Chief ($164,930). Her last reported foal is a 2-year-old colt by Tapit.