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Afleet Alex's Miss Valentine impresses at Monmouth

Saturday, July 16, 2011 |
Miss Valentine is in hand at the wire of the Serena's Song S. photo: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Miss Valentine rolled to an eye-catching three length victory in the $75,000 Serena's Song S. July 16 at Monmouth Park, This was the second career stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Afleet Alex, the nation's second-ranked third crop sire by stakes wins and sixth in earnings. Miss Valentine won Aqueduct's $60,000 Swirlaway S. in Nov. 2010.

The Serena's Song, at 1 mile and 70 yards on the main track, went postward with a field of seven. Miss Valentine was mid pack at the halfway point, about four lengths off the lead. She began her move midway on the turn, striking the front about a furlong out. Joe Bravo hand rode her there to the wire to stop the clock in 1:41.35.

“I have to give all the credit to (trainer) Christophe Clement,” said Bravo. “He did a great job with this filly. He told me just to get her to relax early since she was stretching out to two turns for the first time in a while. There was a good honest pace, but this is a stakes race. Everyone is here to win.”

The Serena’s Song win ran Miss Valentine's record to 3-3-0 in seven starts. She has now banked $154,800 for her Waterville Lake Stable. The New York bred is out of Miss Yiayia, who placed in five stakes and earned $175,969.