Friday, February 24, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 24, 2006 . . . Twelve three-year-old fillies will line up for the $50,000 Valdale Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, a prelude to the Grade III Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup a month later.
Trainer Patrick Biancone will send Unbridled Tale to the Valdale. By Tale of the Cat out of Unbridled Pleasure, the filly brings a two-for-three Turfway record to the race. She’s happy waiting off the lead and gets the benefit of Julien Leparoux, the nation’s and Turfway’s leading rider. The Valdale will be Unbridled Tale’s first try at two turns.
The one-mile Valdale brings Delicate Dynamite back to Turfway, where she finished second in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall. From four career starts, all on turf or Polytrack at a mile or longer, she has built a record of one win, two seconds, and one third for trainer Daniel “Speedy” Smithwick Jr. She hasn’t raced since November, but she closes like a pro and for the first time will be ridden by jockey Rafael Mojica Jr., who rides the Turfway surface regularly.
Seen Dancing most recently set the pace before faltering to a fifth-place finish in the Grade III Silverbulletday Stakes, but she had three wins and a second from her previous four starts, including the Gowell Stakes at Turfway in December. She can take the lead if she has to but rates if asked. Rodney Prescott has the mount for trainer Bernard Flint.
Classical Ryder joins stakes company for the first time after by-the-book steps so far. She is three-for-three over Polytrack, getting her first win at first asking in a maiden claiming sprint, moving up to higher claiming ranks, and then increasing her distance to a mile in a first level allowance. She may be skipping a step with the Valdale, but all three wins have come at Turfway on Polytrack, and veteran Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount. Donald Hughes Sr. trains.
Also entered in the Valdale are impressive maiden winners Grand Consequence (jockey Inosencio Diego), Other Lady (Dean Butler), and the also-eligible Auntie’s Trick (Godofredo Laurente); Anna Dana (Jason Lumpkins), Money Code (Eddie Zuniga), and Summer Cyclone (Willie Martinez), second, third, and fourth, respectively, in the Cincinnati Trophy Stakes; Skip the Storm (Julio Felix); Heavenly Oil (Richard Bracho); and Military Cash (Jeff Johnston).
First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m. Admission and parking are free.