Friday, February 25, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 26, 2005 . . . Bumped at the start and boxed in through the final turn, Brett’s Favrette nonetheless drew a determined bead on the leader and ran her down to win the $50,000 Valdale Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. The three-year-old filly is now undefeated in three starts, all at Turfway. The Valdale is her first stakes win and the second in a row for trainer Greg Foley, who won the Dust Commander last weekend with Bonus Pack.
After some early jostling and lead-swapping down the backstretch, Touch of Splendor took the lead in the Valdale and kept it until the final strides, yielding finally to pressure from both Brett’s Favrette and Patty Seattle. Brett’s Favrette had just enough time to get her head in front of Patty Seattle, who finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Touch of Splendor, also trained by Foley. The trio’s nearest competitor was six lengths behind.
The one-mile Valdale was the first two-turn effort for Brett’s Favrette, but despite the narrow margin Foley had no reservations about the filly’s ability to add the extra distance.
“She’s trained like she’d go two turns and her sire is Smart Strike—they run a route of ground,” Foley said. “She was jammed up or I think she would have won by [a greater margin]. She’s run three times and won a stake now, so you gotta like that.”
Asked about future plans for Brett’s Favrette, Foley said, “I’ll see how she comes back and maybe look at the Bourbonette. She likes the racetrack and that’s a hundred and a half [$150,000 purse], so we’ll look at that.”
The Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup, scheduled each year on the Lane’s End Stakes undercard, will run March 26.
Sent off at 2-1 under jockey Rafael Mojica Jr., Brett’s Favrette finished the mile in 1:40.89 over a fast track and paid $6.80 for the win. The filly is owned by Lloyd Madison Farms LLC, Wisconsin-based friends who named the filly for Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
Completing the order of finish were Urban Shocker, Cat’s Forty, Flexible Princess, Full of Fun, and Obsessional.
Racing resumes Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Coming up next Saturday is the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, the last local prep before the Lane’s End Stakes.