Six years ago, the 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra conquered Saratoga with an historic victory against older males in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes. It was the race that clinched her title as Horse of the Year.
On Saturday, Rachel Alexandra's 2-year-old filly by Bernardini, named Rachel's Valentina, rolled to her second straight victory at Saratoga, taking the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes carrying the same gold and burgundy colors of Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables.
Closing weekend at Saratoga coincides with the final weekend of Del Mar, and a 2-year-old filly star emerged there, too, in the name of Songbird. A daughter of Medaglia d'Oro owned by Fox Hill Farm and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird was a very impressive winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, setting up a possible epic match in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland.
There were many other big races, not the least of which was the runaway victory by Liam's Map in the Grade 1 Woodward. Both Del Mar and Saratoga conclude their meetings on Labor Day.
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