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Rachel Alexandra Daughter Wins Debut
Rachel's Valentina, the second foal out of champion mare Rachel Alexandra, scored a brilliant debut win at Saratoga racecourse on Sunday, reports Blood Horse. Despite being slowly away, the 2YO daughter of Bernardini ran the six furlongs in a time of 1:10.39 on a fast track under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, drawing off late after reeling in pacesetter Awesome Dame to win by two-lengths. Rachel's Valentina was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. Her 3YO half-brother by Curlin, Jess's Dream, is also in training for Stonestreet at Saratoga with Kiaran McLaughlin, but has yet to race after having his training delayed because of injury. 2009 North American Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is best known for her exceptional 3YO campaign of 2009, in which she won the Gr1 Kentucky Oaks by more than 20-lengths before being purchased by the late Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables.