open mind stakes

Valiance Becomes First Stakes Winner For China Horse Club’s U.S. Breeding Program

Just 10 days after Kimari went within an eyelash of becoming the maiden stakes winner for the China Horse Club’s U.S.-based breeding program in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, that title was claimed by Valiance in the $75,000 Open Mind Stakes on turf at Monmouth Park. The striking gray filly maintained […]

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Undefeated Valiance ‘Gains Experience’ With Open Mind Stakes Win

Unbeaten Valiance continued to live up to her lofty yearling price, swinging out from a stalking trip in mid-stretch and going on to 1¼-length victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Open Mind Stakes at Monmouth Park. A $650,000 yearling purchase, the Todd Pletcher-trained filly improved to 3-for-3 lifetime while recording her first stakes victory in an evenly-matched […]

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Hernandez: ‘Memorable Day At The Office’ Included Spill, Four Victories

Trainer Bret Calhoun and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. had a memorable Saturday at Churchill Downs that ultimately led the duo to the winner’s circle with longshot Patrona Margarita in the $200,000 Pocahontas (Grade II), securing the top spot on the early “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” leaderboard. Hernandez’s day started out with three victories in […]

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So Many Ways Headlines Field of Nine for Open Mind Stakes

Maggie Moss’s So Many Ways, winner of Saratoga’s Grade I Spinaway at two and Churchill Downs’ Eight Belles (Grade III) on Kentucky Derby Day, heads a competitive field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered to compete in the 38th running of the $100,000-added Dogwood Stakes (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Churchill Downs. […]

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